FAIRY TALES By The Brothers Grimm

PREPARER'S NOTE The text is based on translations from the Grimms' Kinder und Hausmarchen by Edgar Taylor and Marian Edwardes.




THE GOLDEN BIRD A certain king had a beautiful garden, and in the garden stood a tree which bore golden apples. These apples were always counted, and about the time when they began to grow ripe it was found that every night one of them was gone. The king became very angry at this, and ordered the gardener to keep watch all night under the tree. The gardener set his eldest son to watch; but about twelve o'clock he fell asleep, and in the morning another of the apples was missing. Then the second son was ordered to watch; and at midnight he too fell asleep, and in the morning another apple was gone. Then the third son offered to keep watch; but

the gardener at first would not let him, for fear some harm should come to him: however, at last he consented, and the young man laid himself under the tree to watch. As the clock struck twelve he heard a rustling noise in the air, and a bird came flying that was of pure gold; and as it was snapping at one of the apples with its beak, the gardener's son jumped up and shot an arrow at it. But the arrow did the bird no harm; only it dropped a golden feather from its tail, and then flew away. The golden feather was brought to the king in the morning, and all the council was called together. Everyone agreed that it was worth more than all the wealth of the kingdom: but the king said, 'One feather is of no use to me, I must have the whole bird.' Then the gardener's eldest son set out and thought to find the golden bird very easily; and when he had gone but a little way, he came to a wood, and by the side of the wood he saw a fox sitting; so he took his bow and made ready to shoot at it. Then the fox said, 'Do not shoot me, for I will give you good counsel; I know what your business is, and that you want to find the golden bird. You will reach a village in the evening; and when you get there, you will see two inns opposite to each other, one of which is very pleasant and beautiful to look at: go not in there, but rest for the night in the other, though it may appear to you to be very poor and mean.' But the son thought to himself, 'What can such a beast as this know about the matter?' So he shot his arrow at the fox; but he missed it, and it set up its tail above its back and ran into the wood. Then he went his way, and in the evening came to the village where the two inns were; and in one of these were people singing, and dancing, and feasting; but the other looked very dirty, and poor. 'I should be very silly,' said he, 'if I went to that shabby house, and left this charming place'; so he went into the smart house, and ate and drank at his ease, and forgot the bird, and his country too. Time passed on; and as the eldest son did not come back, and no tidings were heard of him, the second son set out, and the same thing happened to him. He met the fox, who gave him the good advice: but when he came to the two inns, his eldest brother was standing at the window where the merrymaking was, and called to him to come in; and he could not withstand the temptation, but went in, and forgot the golden bird and his country in the same manner. Time passed on again, and the youngest son too wished to set out into the wide world to seek for the golden bird; but his father would not listen to it for a long while, for he was very fond of his son, and was afraid that some ill luck might happen to him also, and prevent his coming back. However, at last it was agreed he should go, for he would not rest at home; and as he came to the wood, he met the fox, and heard the same good counsel. But he was thankful to the fox, and did not

attempt his life as his brothers had done; so the fox said, 'Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster.' So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind. When they came to the village, the son followed the fox's counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, 'Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers fast asleep and snoring: take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird sits in a wooden cage; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it.' Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said: so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird hung in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, 'It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage'; so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless he should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly as the wind; and if he did this, he was to have the golden bird given him for his own. So he set out once more on his journey, sighing, and in great despair, when on a sudden his friend the fox met him, and said, 'You see now what has happened on account of your not listening to my counsel. I will still, however, tell you how to find the golden horse, if you will do as I bid you. You must go straight on till you come to the castle where the horse stands in his stall: by his side will lie the groom fast asleep and snoring: take away the horse quietly, but be sure to put the old leathern saddle upon him, and not the golden one that is close by it.' Then the son sat down on the fox's tail, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled in the wind. All went right, and the groom lay snoring with his hand upon the golden saddle. But when the son looked at the horse, he thought it a great pity to put the leathern saddle upon it. 'I will give him the good one,' said he; 'I am sure he deserves it.' As he took up the golden saddle the

groom awoke and cried out so loud, that all the guards ran in and took him prisoner, and in the morning he was again brought before the court to be judged, and was sentenced to die. But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own. Then he went his way very sorrowful; but the old fox came and said, 'Why did not you listen to me? If you had, you would have carried away both the bird and the horse; yet will I once more give you counsel. Go straight on, and in the evening you will arrive at a castle. At twelve o'clock at night the princess goes to the bathing-house: go up to her and give her a kiss, and she will let you lead her away; but take care you do not suffer her to go and take leave of her father and mother.' Then the fox stretched out his tail, and so away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled again. As they came to the castle, all was as the fox had said, and at twelve o'clock the young man met the princess going to the bath and gave her the kiss, and she agreed to run away with him, but begged with many tears that he would let her take leave of her father. At first he refused, but she wept still more and more, and fell at his feet, till at last he consented; but the moment she came to her father's house the guards awoke and he was taken prisoner again. Then he was brought before the king, and the king said, 'You shall never have my daughter unless in eight days you dig away the hill that stops the view from my window.' Now this hill was so big that the whole world could not take it away: and when he had worked for seven days, and had done very little, the fox came and said. 'Lie down and go to sleep; I will work for you.' And in the morning he awoke and the hill was gone; so he went merrily to the king, and told him that now that it was removed he must give him the princess. Then the king was obliged to keep his word, and away went the young man and the princess; and the fox came and said to him, 'We will have all three, the princess, the horse, and the bird.' 'Ah!' said the young man, 'that would be a great thing, but how can you contrive it?' 'If you will only listen,' said the fox, 'it can be done. When you come to the king, and he asks for the beautiful princess, you must say, "Here she is!" Then he will be very joyful; and you will mount the golden horse that they are to give you, and put out your hand to take leave of them; but shake hands with the princess last. Then lift her quickly on to the horse behind you; clap your spurs to his side, and gallop away as fast as you can.'

All went right: then the fox said, 'When you come to the castle where the bird is, I will stay with the princess at the door, and you will ride in and speak to the king; and when he sees that it is the right horse, he will bring out the bird; but you must sit still, and say that you want to look at it, to see whether it is the true golden bird; and when you get it into your hand, ride away.' This, too, happened as the fox said; they carried off the bird, the princess mounted again, and they rode on to a great wood. Then the fox came, and said, 'Pray kill me, and cut off my head and my feet.' But the young man refused to do it: so the fox said, 'I will at any rate give you good counsel: beware of two things; ransom no one from the gallows, and sit down by the side of no river.' Then away he went. 'Well,' thought the young man, 'it is no hard matter to keep that advice.' He rode on with the princess, till at last he came to the village where he had left his two brothers. And there he heard a great noise and uproar; and when he asked what was the matter, the people said, 'Two men are going to be hanged.' As he came nearer, he saw that the two men were his brothers, who had turned robbers; so he said, 'Cannot they in any way be saved?' But the people said 'No,' unless he would bestow all his money upon the rascals and buy their liberty. Then he did not stay to think about the matter, but paid what was asked, and his brothers were given up, and went on with him towards their home. And as they came to the wood where the fox first met them, it was so cool and pleasant that the two brothers said, 'Let us sit down by the side of the river, and rest a while, to eat and drink.' So he said, 'Yes,' and forgot the fox's counsel, and sat down on the side of the river; and while he suspected nothing, they came behind, and threw him down the bank, and took the princess, the horse, and the bird, and went home to the king their master, and said. 'All this have we won by our labour.' Then there was great rejoicing made; but the horse would not eat, the bird would not sing, and the princess wept. The youngest son fell to the bottom of the river's bed: luckily it was nearly dry, but his bones were almost broken, and the bank was so steep that he could find no way to get out. Then the old fox came once more, and scolded him for not following his advice; otherwise no evil would have befallen him: 'Yet,' said he, 'I cannot leave you here, so lay hold of my tail and hold fast.' Then he pulled him out of the river, and said to him, as he got upon the bank, 'Your brothers have set watch to kill you, if they find you in the kingdom.' So he dressed himself as a poor man, and came secretly to the king's court, and was scarcely within the doors when the horse began to eat, and the bird to sing, and princess left off weeping. Then he went to the king, and told him all his

brothers' roguery; and they were seized and punished, and he had the princess given to him again; and after the king's death he was heir to his kingdom. A long while after, he went to walk one day in the wood, and the old fox met him, and besought him with tears in his eyes to kill him, and cut off his head and feet. And at last he did so, and in a moment the fox was changed into a man, and turned out to be the brother of the princess, who had been lost a great many many years.

HANS IN LUCK Some men are born to good luck: all they do or try to do comes right--all that falls to them is so much gain--all their geese are swans--all their cards are trumps--toss them which way you will, they will always, like poor puss, alight upon their legs, and only move on so much the faster. The world may very likely not always think of them as they think of themselves, but what care they for the world? what can it know about the matter? One of these lucky beings was neighbour Hans. Seven long years he had worked hard for his master. At last he said, 'Master, my time is up; I must go home and see my poor mother once more: so pray pay me my wages and let me go.' And the master said, 'You have been a faithful and good servant, Hans, so your pay shall be handsome.' Then he gave him a lump of silver as big as his head. Hans took out his pocket-handkerchief, put the piece of silver into it, threw it over his shoulder, and jogged off on his road homewards. As he went lazily on, dragging one foot after another, a man came in sight, trotting gaily along on a capital horse. 'Ah!' said Hans aloud, 'what a fine thing it is to ride on horseback! There he sits as easy and happy as if he was at home, in the chair by his fireside; he trips against no stones, saves shoe-leather, and gets on he hardly knows how.' Hans did not speak so softly but the horseman heard it all, and said, 'Well, friend, why do you go on foot then?' 'Ah!' said he, 'I have this load to carry: to be sure it is silver, but it is so heavy that I can't hold up my head, and you must know it hurts my shoulder sadly.' 'What do you say of making an exchange?' said the horseman. 'I will give you my horse, and you shall give me the silver; which will save you a great deal of trouble in carrying such a heavy load about with you.' 'With all my heart,' said Hans: 'but as you are so kind to me, I must tell you one thing--you will have a weary task to draw that silver about with you.'

in this puddle. he began to be so hot and parched that his tongue clave to the roof of his mouth. the horseman got off. and thought his bargain a very lucky one. and got upon his legs again. 'No care and no sorrow. His horse would have ran off. if a shepherd who was coming by. and cheese. When he had rested himself he set off again. he halted. smells not very like a nosegay. took the silver. he was thrown off. 'If I have only a piece of bread (and I certainly shall always be able to get that). and another singing. and said to the shepherd. drew himself up. Sing neigh down derry!' After a time he thought he should like to go a little faster. 'if you are so fond of her. and before Hans knew what he was about. squared his elbows. till at last. into the bargain. 'When you want to go very fast. cracked his whip. 'This riding is no joke.However. 'I can find a cure for this. rested a while. as he found himself on a wide heath that would take him more than an hour to cross. by the by. eat my butter and cheese with it.' thought . when a man has the luck to get upon a beast like this that stumbles and flings him off as if it would break his neck. whenever I like. gave him the bridle into one hand and the whip into the other. and cry "Jip!"' Hans was delighted as he sat on the horse. so he smacked his lips and cried 'Jip!' Away went the horse full gallop. even though I lose by it myself. butter. had not stopped it. However. and has spoiled my best coat. turned out his toes. one minute whistling a merry tune. A fig for the morrow! We'll laugh and be merry.' said the shepherd. driving his cow towards his mother's village. smack your lips loudly together. which. I will change my cow for your horse. I like to do good to my neighbours. But the heat grew greater as soon as noon came on. I'm off now once for all: I like your cow now a great deal better than this smart beast that played me this trick. and have milk. Hans soon came to himself. every day. you see. helped Hans up. and lay on his back by the road-side. wished Hans and the cow good morning. and when I am thirsty I can milk my cow and drink the milk: and what can I wish for more?' When he came to an inn. I can. Hans brushed his coat. One can walk along at one's leisure behind that cow--keep good company. 'What a noble heart that good man has!' thought he. Then the shepherd jumped upon the horse. and rode merrily off. driving a cow. and gave away his last penny for a glass of beer. and then drove off his cow quietly. wiped his face and hands. ate up all his bread. What would I give to have such a prize!' 'Well. sadly vexed. and away he rode. and said. merrily.' 'Done!' said Hans.

'who would have thought it? What a shame to take my horse. 'how heavy it is. the uneasy beast began to think him very troublesome. and said he was going to take the goose to a christening. and give you my fine fat pig for the cow. Whoever roasts and eats it will find plenty of fat upon it.he. but not a drop was to be had. how he had so many good bargains. holding it by the string that was tied to its leg. and how all the world went gay and smiling with him. 'now I will milk my cow and quench my thirst': so he tied her to the stump of a tree. driving a pig in a wheelbarrow. but found the cow was dry too. and taking the pig off the wheel-barrow. and held his leathern cap to milk into. Luckily a butcher soon came by. If it were a pig now--like that fat gentleman you are driving along at his ease--one could do something with it. so I can't help doing you a kind turn. Your pig may get you into a scrape. So on he jogged. and managing the matter very clumsily. 'Hark ye!' said he. Then the butcher gave him a flask of ale.' said he. my pig is no trifle. and Hans told him all his luck. and wanted to milk his cow. the squire has had a pig stolen out of his sty. 'but if you talk of fat. neighbourly thing. drove it away. drink and refresh yourself. it would at any rate make sausages. I was . The countryman stopped to ask what was o'clock. 'There. 'What is the matter with you. as he helped him up. 'I don't like to say no. The countryman than began to tell his tale. good for nothing but the slaughter-house?' 'Alas. and there he lay a long while senseless. Hans told him what had happened. when one is asked to do a kind. your cow will give you no milk: don't you see she is an old beast. alas!' said Hans. and shook his head.' 'Well. as he gave the butcher the cow. In the village I just came from. was all that time utterly dry? Hans had not thought of looking to that. as he weighed it in his hand. it has lived so well!' 'You're right. and yet it is only eight weeks old. what will she be good for? I hate cow-beef. to be sure. saying.' said the butcher. How could it be otherwise with such a travelling companion as he had at last got? The next man he met was a countryman carrying a fine white goose. it is not tender enough for me.' 'Heaven reward you for your kindness and self-denial!' said Hans. and give me only a dry cow! If I kill her. and all seemed now to go right with him: he had met with some misfortunes. To please you I will change.' said Hans. and at last gave him such a kick on the head as knocked him down. my man?' said the butcher. While he was trying his luck in milking. Who would have thought that this cow. but he was now well repaid for all. you seem a good sort of fellow. 'my worthy friend. which was to bring him milk and butter and cheese. 'Feel. how he was dry. this led to further chat.' Meantime the countryman began to look grave.

' 'And the cow?' 'I gave a horse for it.' 'And the silver?' 'Oh! I worked hard for that seven long years. 'now if you could find money in your pocket whenever you put your hand in it. I don't care whose pig it is. All the world is my home.' said the other.' 'And the horse?' 'I gave a lump of silver as big as my head for it. a good grinder never puts his hand into his pocket without finding money in it--but where did you get that beautiful goose?' 'I did not buy it. The least they will do will be to throw you into the horse-pond. but he may have been the squire's for aught I can tell: you know this country better than I do. indeed! 'Tis not everyone would do so much for you as that. Then who so blythe. 'you only want a grindstone. so merry as I?' Hans stood looking on for a while. if I could have money . and then there are all the beautiful white feathers. and drove off the pig by a side path. I have much the best of the bargain. and at last said. 'Good man.' As he came to the next village. your fortune would be made. 'give a fat goose for a pig. 'O'er hill and o'er dale So happy I roam. Can you swim?' Poor Hans was sadly frightened. However. as you are in trouble. 'I should be the happiest man in the world.' 'You have thriven well in the world hitherto.' 'Yes. 'mine is a golden trade. I know nothing of where the pig was either bred or born.' thought he. If you have. master grinder! you seem so happy at your work.' 'Very true: but how is that to be managed?' 'How? Why. 'After all.' said the countryman. but wherever it came from it has been a very good friend to me. and then I am sure I shall sleep soundly without rocking. the rest will come of itself. then the fat will find me in goose-grease for six months. you must turn grinder like myself. Here is one that is but little the worse for wear: I would not ask more than the value of your goose for it--will you buy?' 'How can you ask?' said Hans. indeed! Give me a fine fat goose.' Then he took the string in his hand.' cried he. take my pig and give me the goose. How happy my mother will be! Talk of a pig. it will be a bad job for you. working and singing.dreadfully afraid when I saw you that you had got the squire's pig. Work light and live well.' 'I ought to have something into the bargain. I gave a pig for it. while Hans went on the way homewards free from care. I will not be hard upon you. 'pray get me out of this scrape.' said the grinder. First there will be a capital roast. I will put them into my pillow. and they catch you. 'that chap is pretty well taken in.' said the other. 'You must be well off.' 'And where did you get the pig?' 'I gave a cow for it. he saw a scissor-grinder with his wheel.

whenever I put my hand in my pocket: what could I want more? there's the goose. for the stone tired him sadly: and he dragged himself to the side of a river. For a while he watched it sinking in the deep clear water. 'this is a most capital stone. So he laid the stone carefully by his side on the bank: but. that stood in the middle of a deep gloomy wood. that he might take a drink of water. with tears in his eyes. and all with . All the day long she flew about in the form of an owl. and he said to himself. but at night she always became an old woman again. plump into the stream. When any young man came within a hundred paces of her castle. 'How happy am I!' cried he. and the fairy put her into a cage. and down it rolled. and in the castle lived an old fairy. and could not move a step till she came and set him free. pushed it a little. then sprang up and danced for joy. and hung her up in a chamber in the castle. At last he could go no farther. and went his way with a light heart: his eyes sparkled for joy. which she would not do till he had given her his word never to come there again: but when any pretty maiden came within that space she was changed into a bird. People are so kind. and giving me good bargains.' said the grinder. and hungry too. and you can make an old nail cut with it. and walked on till he reached his mother's house. he became quite fixed. for its kindness in taking away his only plague. he forgot it. and told her how very easy the road to good luck was. There were seven hundred of these cages hanging in the castle. the ugly heavy stone. for he had given away his last penny in his joy at getting the cow. as he gave him a common rough stone that lay by his side. free from all his troubles. and rest a while.' Then up he got with a light heart. 'Surely I must have been born in a lucky hour. and again fell upon his knees and thanked Heaven. JORINDA AND JORINDEL There was once an old castle.' Hans took the stone. everything I could want or wish for comes of itself.' 'Now.' Meantime he began to be tired. Now this fairy could take any shape she pleased. or crept about the country like a cat. 'nobody was ever so lucky as I. they seem really to think I do them a favour in letting them make me rich. as he stooped down to drink. do but work it well enough.

they knew not why. and a nose and chin that almost met one another. so that her song ended with a mournful _jug. that they might be alone. with staring eyes. the gloomy night came. Well-a-day! Well-a-day! He mourn'd for the fate of his darling mate. 'We must take care that we don't go too near to the fairy's castle. and a shepherd lad. and went away with it in her hand. And now the sun went quite down. The sun was setting fast. jug_. turned pale. One day they went to walk in the wood.' It was a beautiful evening. They had wandered a long way. the last rays of the setting sun shone bright through the long stems of the trees upon the green underwood beneath. She was prettier than all the pretty girls that ever were seen before. and beheld his Jorinda changed into a nightingale. Now there was once a maiden whose name was Jorinda. Jorindel turned to see the reason. and they were soon to be married. and already half of its circle had sunk behind the hill: Jorindel on a sudden looked behind him. nor speak.beautiful birds in them. but it seemed as if they were to be parted from one another for ever. he stood fixed as a stone. Jorindel sat by her side. and could neither weep. and both felt sad. nor stir hand or foot. At last the fairy came back and sang with a hoarse . was very fond of her. whose name was Jorindel. seized the nightingale. sat down close under the old walls of the castle. and when they looked to see which way they should go home. She mumbled something to herself. Well-a-day!' when her song stopped suddenly. and trembled. without knowing it. they found themselves at a loss to know what path to take. the owl flew into a bush. and three times screamed: 'Tu whu! Tu whu! Tu whu!' Jorindel could not move. Jorinda was just singing. 'The ring-dove sang from the willow spray. and Jorindel said. Poor Jorindel saw the nightingale was gone--but what could he do? He could not speak. and the turtle-doves sang from the tall birches. and saw through the bushes that they had. he could not move from the spot where he stood. An owl with fiery eyes flew three times round them. Jorinda sat down to gaze upon the sun. Then he shrank for fear. and a moment after the old fairy came forth pale and meagre.

so that he went in through the court. and eight long days he sought for it in vain: but on the ninth day. and set out and travelled day and night. 'Alas!' he said. and that everything he touched with it was disenchanted. And her doom is cast. and yet he did not become fixed as before. he wept. and went with it in his hand into the castle. and how then should he find out which was his Jorinda? While he was thinking what to do. and employed himself in keeping sheep. There stay! Oh. so he went to a strange village. and was making the best of her way off through the door. and it sprang open. but all in vain. He walked nearer than a hundred paces to it. 'what will become of me?' He could not go back to his own home. At last he came to the chamber where the fairy sat. and he dreamt that he plucked the flower. touched . then she went her way. Many a time did he walk round and round as near to the hated castle as he dared go. And the spell has bound her. and in the middle of it was a large dewdrop. he heard or saw nothing of Jorinda. and said he should never see her again. early in the morning. and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him. In the morning when he awoke. and listened when he heard so many birds singing. but alas! there were many. and that in the middle of it lay a costly pearl. stay! When the charm is around her. At last he dreamt one night that he found a beautiful purple flower. but she could not come within two yards of him. till he came again to the castle. He ran or flew after her. and screamed with rage. He looked around at the birds. many nightingales. Then he plucked the flower. Jorindel was very glad indeed to see this. but found that he could go quite close up to the door. but all in vain. as big as a costly pearl. Then he fell on his knees before the fairy. with the seven hundred birds singing in the seven hundred cages. he sorrowed.voice: 'Till the prisoner is fast. he found the beautiful purple flower. for the flower he held in his hand was his safeguard. and that there he found his Jorinda again. Then he touched the door with the flower. He prayed. he saw the fairy had taken down one of the cages. When she saw Jorindel she was very angry. he began to search over hill and dale for this pretty flower. Hie away! away!' On a sudden Jorindel found himself free.

. who saw that some mischief was in the wind. Then he touched all the other birds with the flower.' thought he. 'I may turn musician. 'Alas!' said the dog. my good lady. 'by all means go with us to the great city. took himself slyly off. they saw a cock perched upon a gate. as they were passing by a farmyard. and may make your fortune as a musician. and lived happily together many years: and so did a good many other lads. THE TRAVELLING MUSICIANS An honest farmer had once an ass that had been a faithful servant to him a great many years. my mistress laid hold of me. so that they all took their old forms again. I do not know what I am to live upon. 'I am going to the great city to turn musician: suppose you go with me. and though I have been lucky enough to get away from her. Soon afterwards. but was now growing old and every day more and more unfit for work. as beautiful as when they walked together in the wood. and he took Jorinda home. and had rather lie at my ease by the fire than run about the house after the mice. you are a good night singer. His master therefore was tired of keeping him and began to think of putting an end to him. and joined the party. They had not gone far before they saw a cat sitting in the middle of the road and making a most rueful face. my friend?' said the ass. 'Pray.' said the ass. and began his journey towards the great city.' 'Oh. 'how can one be in good spirits when one's life is in danger? Because I am beginning to grow old. and screaming out with all his might and main. much longer than they liked. and try what you can do in the same way?' The dog said he was willing. whose maidens had been forced to sing in the old fairy's cages by themselves. and they jogged on together. and threw her arms round his neck looking as beautiful as ever. 'For there. and can no longer make myself useful to him in hunting. and was going to drown me. he spied a dog lying by the roadside and panting as if he were tired. but the ass.' The cat was pleased with the thought. and Jorinda stood before him. 'what's the matter with you? You look quite out of spirits!' 'Ah.' After he had travelled a little way. but what can I do to earn my livelihood?' 'Hark ye!' said the ass.' said the ass. me!' said the cat. so I ran away. 'What makes you pant so. 'my master was going to knock me on the head.the cage with the flower. where they were married. because I am old and weak.

' So they walked off together towards the spot where Chanticleer had seen the light. or a bit of meat. had now no doubt that some frightful hobgoblin had broken in upon them. The ass. who knows? If we care to sing in tune. who had been not a little frightened by the opening concert. and at last they hit upon a plan. with his forefeet resting against the window.' said the cock. The ass and the dog laid themselves down under a great tree. so when night came on. and they began their music. and the cat climbed up into the branches. 'if we could only get in'. reach the great city the first day. and then. you make a famous noise. than staying here to have your head cut off! Besides.' said the ass. pray what is all this about?' 'Why. 'Yes. In doing this. for I see a light. while the cock. marched up to the window and peeped in. the dog got upon his back. and the cock flew up and sat upon the cat's head. till they at last came close to a house in which a gang of robbers lived. but threaten to cut off my head tomorrow. it will be better. they went into a wood to sleep. 'Well. at any rate. 'Why. and then they all broke through the window at once. The ass placed himself upright on his hind legs.' said the cock. the cat scrambled up to the dog's shoulders. looked out on all sides of him to see that everything was well. The ass brayed. so come along with us. 'There must be a house no great way off. and make broth of me for the guests that are coming on Sunday!' 'Heaven forbid!' said the ass.' 'If that be the case. I see a table spread with all kinds of good things. and scampered away as fast as they could. and yet my mistress and the cook don't thank me for my pains. They could not.' 'That would be a noble lodging for us. with a most hideous clatter! The robbers.' said the ass. being the tallest of the company. thinking that the higher he sat the safer he should be. amongst the broken glass. the cat mewed. Donkey.'Bravo!' said the ass. however. 'we had better change our quarters. The coast once clear. 'come with us Master Chanticleer. our travellers soon sat down and dispatched what . according to his custom. and the cock screamed.' 'With all my heart. flew up to the very top of the tree. and came tumbling into the room.' added the dog.' said Chanticleer. and robbers sitting round it making merry.' said the cock: so they all four went on jollily together. and as they drew near it became larger and brighter. 'what do you see?' 'What do I see?' replied the ass. When all was ready a signal was given. 'I was just now saying that we should have fine weather for our washing-day. before he went to sleep. the dog barked. for our lodging is not the best in the world!' 'Besides. he saw afar off something bright and shining and calling to his companions said. we may get up some kind of a concert. so they consulted together how they should contrive to get the robbers out. 'I should not be the worse for a bone or two. 'upon my word.

But the cat. and away he ran to the back door. 'Pray let the poor faithful creature live. at this very day. and had lost all his teeth. as they were all rather tired with their journey. he has served us well a great many years.' But his wife said. and. and the cock. But about midnight. he mistook them for live coals. 'he has not a tooth in his head. and then. crowed with all his might. and spat. how a man with a knife in his hand had hidden himself behind the door. and groped about till he found a match in order to light a candle. I dare say. and had spat at him and scratched his face with her long bony fingers. The donkey laid himself down upon a heap of straw in the yard. Finding everything still. they began to think that they had been in too great a hurry to run away. the dog stretched himself upon a mat behind the door. and stabbed him in the leg. called Sultan. when the robbers saw from afar that the lights were out and that all seemed quiet. and held the match to them to light it. went to see what was going on.the robbers had left. and how the devil had sat upon the top of the house and cried out. and there they are. 'Throw the rascal up here!' After this the robbers never dared to go back to the house. 'I will shoot old Sultan tomorrow morning. not understanding this joke. with as much eagerness as if they had not expected to eat again for a month. sprang at his face. and told the captain how a horrid witch had got into the house. to be sure he has served us. OLD SULTAN A shepherd had a faithful dog. he marched into the kitchen. they put out the lights. and we ought to give him a livelihood for the rest of his days. who had been awakened by the noise. At this the robber ran back as fast as he could to his comrades.' 'But what can we do with him?' said the shepherd. who was bolder than the rest. espying the glittering fiery eyes of the cat. and the thieves don't care for him at all. and scratched at him. and as he was crossing over the yard the ass kicked him. for he is of no use now. but there the dog jumped up and bit him in the leg. As soon as they had satisfied themselves. and one of them. but the musicians were so pleased with their quarters that they took up their abode there. they soon fell asleep. who was grown very old. how a black monster stood in the yard and struck him with a club. and each once more sought out a resting-place to his own liking. This frightened him dreadfully. . And one day when the shepherd and his wife were standing together before the house the shepherd said. but then he did it to earn his livelihood. the cat rolled herself up on the hearth before the warm ashes. and the cock perched upon a beam on the top of the house.

you must tell no tales. and I will let it drop. and when they espied their enemies coming. the shepherd and his wife screamed out. The wolf and the wild boar were first on the ground. and they will think you have saved their child. and let him have my old cushion to sleep on as long as he lives. Soon afterwards the wolf came and wished him joy. Wife. and accordingly so it was managed. Your master. so he took her with him. he had a stout cudgel laid about his back. and how his master meant to kill him in the morning. The wolf ran with the child a little way. 'Now. goes out every morning very early with his wife into the field.tomorrow shall be his last day. and said. who was lying close by them. then you may carry it back. my good fellow. but turn your head the other way when I want to taste one of the old shepherd's fine fat sheep. and came one night to get a dainty morsel. the wolf thought he was in joke. Now Sultan had nobody he could ask to be his second but the shepherd's old three-legged cat. go home. that combed his locks for him finely. they thought she was carrying a sword for Sultan to . 'I will be true to my master. depend upon it. you know. and lay it down behind the hedge in the shade while they are at work. Then the shepherd patted him on the head. and was very much frightened to think tomorrow would be his last day. and they take their little child with them. and saw the cat's long tail standing straight in the air. and when the wolf was busy looking out for a good fat sheep.' 'No. 'Make yourself easy. but Sultan soon overtook him. So the next morning the wolf sent the boar to challenge Sultan to come into the wood to fight the matter. and therefore he shall live and be well taken care of. and will be so thankful to you that they will take care of you as long as you live. and as the poor thing limped along with some trouble. heard all that the shepherd and his wife said to one another. and give him a good dinner. and told him all his sorrows. so he laid wait for him behind the barn door. you must run after me as fast as you can. and pretend to be watching it.' So from this time forward Sultan had all that he could wish for. Now do you lie down close by the child.' The dog liked this plan very well.' Poor Sultan. and have plenty to eat. and I will come out of the wood and run away with it.' said the wolf. 'I will give you some good advice. Then the wolf was very angry.' and swore he would have his revenge. But Sultan had told his master what the wolf meant to do.' However. so in the evening he went to his good friend the wolf.' said the Sultan. and said. she stuck up her tail straight in the air. who lived in the wood. and carried the poor little thing back to his master and mistress. and called Sultan 'an old rogue. 'Old Sultan has saved our child from the wolf.

The straw hit on a good idea. like my comrades. however.' The bean said: 'I too have escaped with a whole skin. and the wolf jumped up into a tree. When she was emptying the beans into the pan. and if I had not escaped by sheer force. 'I think. THE COAL. she seized sixty of them at once. I luckily slipped through her fingers. and that it might burn the quicker.--I should have been burnt to ashes. Sultan and the cat soon came up. I should have been made into broth without any mercy. we should keep together like good companions. and they called him a cowardly rascal. for his ears stuck out of the bush. one dropped without her observing it. they came to a little brook. roaring out. had not quite hidden himself. 'The old woman has destroyed all my brethren in fire and smoke. So she made a fire on her hearth. but if the old woman had got me into the pan. we should go away together. there sits the one who is to blame. my death would have been certain. who had gathered together a dish of beans and wanted to cook them. they did not know how they were to get over it. 'Look up in the tree. and bit and scratched it. and when he shook one of them a little. and looked about and wondered that no one was there. AND THE BEAN In a village dwelt a poor old woman. and as there was no bridge or foot-plank. so they said they should not like this way of fighting. and would not suffer him to come down till he was heartily ashamed of himself. the cat.' So they looked up. they thought she was picking up a stone to throw at them. and thinking it was a mouse. and the boar lay down behind a bush. and soon afterwards a burning coal from the fire leapt down to the two. and took their lives. and said: 'I will lay myself straight . 'that as we have so fortunately escaped death.fight with.' 'But what are we to do now?' said the coal.' answered the bean.' 'And would a better fate have fallen to my lot?' said the straw. Soon. and they set out on their way together. seeing something move.' The proposition pleased the two others. and lest a new mischance should overtake us here. and espied the wolf sitting amongst the branches. and had promised to be good friends again with old Sultan. THE STRAW. Then the straw began and said: 'Dear friends. she lighted it with a handful of straw. and every time she limped. and repair to a foreign country. and lay on the ground beside a straw. so that the boar jumped up and grunted. and ran away. however. from whence do you come here?' The coal replied: 'I fortunately sprang out of the fire. The boar. sprang upon it.

she saw a poor little fish. 'I know what your wish is. and sewed her together. and before it swam away it lifted its head out of the water and said. began to burn. and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been married many years they had no children. The straw.' Now there were thirteen fairies in the kingdom. and show the child to all the land. and laughed so heartily that she burst. So twelve fairies came. 'I will have the fairies also. and a long white wand in her hand: and after the feast was over they gathered round in a ring and gave all their best gifts to the little princess. and plenty of good things to eat and drink. and plenty of fine clothes to wear. It would have been all over with her. that had thrown itself out of the water. but as the king and queen had only twelve golden dishes for them to eat out of. The bean. by good fortune. and red shoes with high heels on her feet. where there were in those days fairies. that they might be kind and good to our little daughter. tripped quite boldly on to the newly-built bridge. however.' What the little fish had foretold soon came to pass. and the coal. and then you can walk over on me as on a bridge. all beans since then have a black seam. Then the queen took pity on the little fish. BRIAR ROSE A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off. a tailor who was travelling in search of work. so very beautiful that the king could not cease looking on it for joy. and it shall be fulfilled. But the queen said. and the queen had a little girl. The coal slipped after her. and lay gasping and nearly dead on the bank. and said he would hold a great feast and make merry. and threw it back again into the river. in return for your kindness to me--you will soon have a daughter. was unable to stop. could not but laugh at the event. but as the tailor used black thread. if.' The straw therefore stretched itself from one bank to the other. at the bottom of the garden. and this grieved them very much indeed. and breathed her last. they were forced to leave one of the fairies without asking her. Now this king and queen had plenty of money. and nobles. hissed when she got into the water. who was of an impetuous disposition. But one day as the queen was walking by the side of the river. So he asked his kinsmen. and neighbours. each with a high red cap on her head. she was after all. afraid. But when she had reached the middle. and ventured no farther. As he had a compassionate heart he pulled out his needle and thread. and heard the water rushing beneath her.across. and stood still. who had prudently stayed behind on the shore. and friends. One gave her goodness. The bean thanked him most prettily. had not sat down to rest by the brook. another . likewise. and fell into the stream. broke in two pieces.

the jack stopped. fell asleep too. but had only fallen into a deep sleep. who was at that moment pulling the kitchen-boy by the hair to give him a box . But scarcely had she touched it. 'How prettily that little thing turns round!' said the princess. 'what are you doing there?' 'Spinning. and a broomstick in her hand: and presently up she came into the dining-hall. a great noise was heard in the courtyard. and took the spindle and began to try and spin. and good. for the princess was so beautiful. But all the gifts of the first eleven fairies were in the meantime fulfilled. to which there was a narrow staircase ending with a little door. she was not dead. and she was left alone in the palace. the king and queen were not at home. that the king's daughter.beauty.' Then the twelfth of the friendly fairies. and she fell down lifeless on the ground. Now. and the cook. However. how now. and the horses slept in the stables. and when she turned it the door sprang open. but should only fall asleep for a hundred years.' said the princess. humming a tune. and scolded the king and queen very much. in her fifteenth year. Just as eleven of them had done blessing her. and so on till she had all that was good in the world. and all their court. when the spindle wounded her. In the door there was a golden key. 'Why. another riches. Even the fire on the hearth left off blazing. that everyone who knew her loved her. till at last she came to an old tower. 'The king's daughter shall. good mother. the pigeons on the house-top. and went to sleep.' said the old lady. and nodded her head. and black shoes on her feet. who had not yet given her gift. so her gift was. and word was brought that the thirteenth fairy was come. and looked at all the rooms and chambers. but that she could soften its mischief. with a black cap on her head. It happened that. and wise. and the dogs in the court. However. and the very flies slept upon the walls. while buzz! went the wheel. and the king and the queen. and set to work to take her revenge. and the spit that was turning about with a goose upon it for the king's dinner stood still. So she cried out. and well behaved. on the very day she was fifteen years old. and said that the evil wish must be fulfilled. who had just come home. came forward. and fall down dead. as she had not been asked to the feast she was very angry. and there sat an old lady spinning away very busily. before the fairy's prophecy was fulfilled. So she roved about by herself. the spindle wounded her. should not really die. so he ordered that all the spindles in the kingdom should be bought up and burnt. the king hoped still to save his dear child altogether from the threatened evil. be wounded by a spindle.

but that they had all stuck fast in it. and the horses were standing in the stables. She looked so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. called Briar Rose. and the cook in the kitchen was still holding up her hand. from time to time. and there in the court lay the dogs asleep. the butler. and the dogs jumped up and barked. lay in it asleep. and there she lay. fast asleep on a couch by the window. I will go and see this Briar Rose. and looked about and . so that not even the roof or the chimneys could be seen. and on the roof sat the pigeons fast asleep. the spit was standing still. and gazed on each other with great wonder. how he had heard from his grandfather that many.' The old man tried to hinder him. the pigeons took their heads from under their wings. and both fell asleep. He told. and smiled upon him. for the thorns and bushes laid hold of them. many years there came a king's son into that land: and an old man told him the story of the thicket of thorns. with their heads under their wings. the flies were sleeping on the walls. so he stooped down and gave her a kiss. and tried to break through the thicket into the palace. and had tried to break through the thicket. with all her court. and died. too. many princes had come. Now that very day the hundred years were ended. let him go. And the horses shook themselves. fell asleep with the jug at his lips: and thus everything stood still. till at last he came to the old tower. as it were with hands. none of them could ever do. and there they stuck fast. But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that. through which he went with ease. This. 'All this shall not frighten me.on the ear for something he had done amiss. Then the young prince said. But the moment he kissed her she opened her eyes and awoke. as if she was going to beat the boy. and they shut in after him as thick as ever. and every year it became higher and thicker. A large hedge of thorns soon grew round the palace. and how a beautiful palace stood behind it. however. and as the prince came to the thicket he saw nothing but beautiful flowering shrubs. and they went out together. and all the court. and soon the king and queen also awoke. till at last the old palace was surrounded and hidden. the maid sat with a fowl in her lap ready to be plucked. After many. and all was so still that he could hear every breath he drew. and died wretchedly. Then he went on still farther. And when he came into the palace. who was slyly tasting the ale. and how a wonderful princess. going to drink a draught. and slept soundly. and opened the door of the little room in which Briar Rose was. but he was bent upon going. several kings' sons came. Then he came at last to the palace. the butler had the jug of ale at his lips.

' said the sparrow.' 'Very well. but as the weather was warm. but would . she took him to another shop and pecked down some more for him. 'Well. the sparrow said to the dog. And then the prince and Briar Rose were married. the fire in the kitchen blazed up.' 'If that be all. On the road he met a sparrow that said to him.' said he. till at last down it fell. the maid went on plucking the fowl. the flies on the walls buzzed again. and have nothing to eat. there came by a carter with a cart drawn by three horses. 'Well. 'do so. till they fell down: and as the dog still wished for more. have you had enough now?' 'I have had plenty of meat.' So they both went out upon the high road.' So she took him to a baker's shop. Then the dog snapped it up. The sparrow. so he took to his heels. and loaded with two casks of wine.' answered the sparrow.' So the sparrow perched upon the shelf: and having first looked carefully about her to see if anyone was watching her. and in the meantime I will perch upon that bush. and I will soon find you plenty of food.' said the dog.' So on they went together into the town: and as they passed by a butcher's shop. the sparrow said to him. 'come with me into the next town. 'Yes.' 'Come with me then. round went the jack. and I will peck you down another steak. 'you shall have some more if you will. and they lived happily together all their lives long. the sparrow asked him whether he had had enough now. 'and now let us take a walk a little way out of the town. THE DOG AND THE SPARROW A shepherd's dog had a master who took no care of him. she pecked and scratched at a steak that lay upon the edge of the shelf. 'I am very much tired--I should like to take a nap. with the goose for the king's dinner upon it. 'I am very very hungry. 'Stand there a little while till I peck you down a piece of meat.' said the sparrow. Whilst he slept. When that was eaten. they had not gone far before the dog said. 'and you shall soon have that too. At last he could bear it no longer. so come with me to the next shop.' answered the sparrow. the butler finished his draught of ale. and the wedding feast was given. and pecked at two rolls that lay in the window.flew into the fields.' So the dog stretched himself out on the road. seeing that the carter did not turn out of the way. 'Why are you so sad. where he soon ate it all up. my good friend. and off he ran in a very sad and sorrowful mood. and scrambled away with it into a corner. 'but I should like to have a piece of bread to eat after it.' When the dog had eaten this too. my friend?' 'Because. but often let him suffer the greatest hunger. and fell fast asleep.' answered he. and round went the spit. and the cook gave the boy the box on his ear.

'What an unlucky wretch I am!' cried he. 'now will I plague and punish thee at thy own house. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'Alas! miserable wretch that I am!' cried he. 'There. but killed his third horse as he done the other two. so that all the wine ran out. and pecked at the bung of one of the casks till she loosened it. and saw that the cart was dripping. he again cried out. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried he. 'Alas!' said he to his wife. and without looking about him. he drew out his hatchet and aimed a blow at the sparrow. 'Miserable wretch that I am!' But the sparrow answered. and drove his cart over the poor dog. struck again at the sparrow. as she alighted upon the head of one of the horses. 'Not wretch enough yet!' answered the sparrow as she flew away. thou hast killed my friend the dog. grumbling to himself. 'Stop! stop! Mr Carter. and pecked out the bung of the second cask. 'thou cruel villain. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. When the carter saw this. But the sparrow crept under the tilt of the cart. so as to drive over him. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. 'You make it the worse for me. and the blow fell upon the poor horse's head with such force. 'what ill luck has befallen me!--my wine is all spilt. or it shall be the worse for you.' replied she. so that the wheels crushed him to death. indeed! what can you do?' cracked his whip. she began to peck him too. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' cried the carter. or caring what he was about. 'and a wicked bird has come into the house. 'what harm can you do me?' and passed on. and has brought with her all the birds in the world.' 'Do your worst. and my horses all three dead. 'Unlucky wretch that I am!' said he. I am sure.' cried the sparrow.' But the carter.go on in the track in which the dog lay. and than all the wine ran out. called out. for he saw that the corn was almost all gone. and the blow fell upon the second horse and killed him on the spot. And as the carter went on with the other two horses. and the cask quite empty. At last he looked round. and are eating it up at such a rate!' Away ran the husband upstairs. and they have fallen upon our corn in the loft. and pecked at him till he reared up and kicked. and saw thousands of birds sitting upon the floor eating up his corn. with the sparrow in the midst of them.' said the brute. and pecked at him too. and to go home overflowing with rage and vexation. without the carter seeing it. 'thy cruelty shall cost thee they life yet!' and away she flew. The carter ran up and struck at her again with his hatchet. but she flew away. that he fell down dead.' The carter was forced at last to leave his cart behind him. 'Not wretch enough yet!' said the sparrow. but away she flew. When the carter saw this. she again crept under the tilt of the cart. 'Not wretch enough yet!' and perched on the head of the second horse. and welcome. This deed of thine shall cost thee all thou art worth. went down . The carter was mad with fury. The carter seeing that he had thus lost all that he had. Now mind what I say. and perching upon the third horse.' 'Alas! husband. meaning to kill her.

and yet nobody could find out how it happened. A king's son soon came. The same thing happened the second and third night: so the king ordered his head to be . and should be king after his death.into his kitchen. after three days and nights. and when he awoke in the morning he found that the princesses had all been dancing.' But the sparrow began to flutter about. perched upon the window-seat. In the end. 'that is letting her off too easily: she shall die a much more cruel death. He was well entertained. the door of his chamber was left open. and threw it at the sparrow. they caught her: and the wife said. but she missed her aim. the table. and hit her husband on the head so that he fell down dead. and struck the window-seat with such force that he cleft it in two: and as the sparrow flew from place to place. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life yet!' With that he could wait no longer: so he gave his wife the hatchet. THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES There was a king who had twelve beautiful daughters. I will eat her. but whoever tried and did not succeed. he should have the one he liked best for his wife. without touching the bird at all. should be put to death. but every morning their shoes were found to be quite worn through as if they had been danced in all night. or where they had been. The sparrow now hopped in. strike at the bird and kill her in my hand. for the soles of their shoes were full of holes. however. benches. and when they went to bed. and cried 'Carter! thy cruelty shall cost thee thy life!' With that he jumped up in a rage. They slept in twelve beds all in one room. and the sparrow flew quietly home to her nest. in order that nothing might pass without his hearing it. 'Carter! it shall cost thee thy life!' Then he became mad and blind with rage. but it missed her. But the king's son soon fell asleep. and only broke the window. and was still not sorry for what he had done. Then the king made it known to all the land. but sat himself angrily and sulkily in the chimney corner. and. There he was to sit and watch where they went to dance. 'Shall I kill her at once?' 'No. and find out where it was that the princesses danced in the night. But the sparrow sat on the outside of the window. and at last the walls. chairs. and in the evening was taken to the chamber next to the one where the princesses lay in their twelve beds. the carter and his wife were so furious.' And the wife struck. the doors were shut and locked up. and cried. that they broke all their furniture. glasses. seized his hatchet. and stretch out her neck and cried. 'Wife. and cried.' cried he. that if any person could discover the secret.

he would have slept soundly enough. The soldier saw them going down through the trap-door one after another.' 'Well. have you forgotten how many kings' sons have already watched in vain? And as for this soldier. he determined to try his luck: so he went to the king.cut off. or what I had better do. and said.' said the old dame. he met an old woman. but he snored on. and the eldest went up to her own bed and clapped her hands.' said the soldier. the eldest leading the way. and thinking he had no time to lose.' Then she gave him a cloak.' When they were all ready. put on the cloak which the old woman had given him. but in the middle of the stairs he trod on the gown of the youngest . but the soldier threw it all away secretly. and all lost their lives in the same manner. and the eldest said.' said the eldest. 'I hardly know where I am going. the eldest of the princesses brought him a cup of wine. and did not stir hand or foot: so they thought they were quite safe. passed through the country where this king reigned: and as he was travelling through a wood. 'but I think I should like very well to find out where it is that the princesses dance. while you are so happy I feel very uneasy. and as soon as she leaves you pretend to be fast asleep. he jumped up. even if I had not given him his sleeping draught. and when the evening came he was led to the outer chamber. I am sure some mischance will befall us. and said he was willing to undertake the task. 'As soon as you put that on you will become invisible.' When the soldier heard all this good counsel. and followed them. When the twelve princesses heard this they laughed heartily. 'This fellow too might have done a wiser thing than lose his life in this way!' Then they rose up and opened their drawers and boxes. 'that is no very hard task: only take care not to drink any of the wine which one of the princesses will bring to you in the evening. who asked him where he was going. they went and looked at the soldier. and you will then be able to follow the princesses wherever they go. and the bed sank into the floor and a trap-door flew open. Now it chanced that an old soldier.' 'You simpleton. 'you are always afraid. and the king ordered fine royal robes to be given him. But the youngest said. but they had all the same luck. who had been wounded in battle and could fight no longer. and skipped about as if they were eager to begin dancing. He was as well received as the others had been. and dressed themselves at the glass. 'I don't know how it is. and took out all their fine clothes. and then in time I might be a king. Then he laid himself down on his bed. taking care not to drink a drop. Just as he was going to lie down. After him came several others. and in a little while began to snore very loud as if he was fast asleep.

the soldier ran on before the princesses. it was only the princes. and on the opposite shore they took leave of each other. and the leaves were all of silver. 'it is nothing but a nail in the wall. and at the side of the lake there lay twelve little boats with twelve handsome princes in them. but though I am rowing with all my might we do not get on so fast as usual.' 'You silly creature!' said the eldest.' On the other side of the lake stood a fine illuminated castle. and every time there was a loud noise. and the soldier stepped into the same boat with the youngest. The soldier wished to take away some token of the place. danced with them too. he drank it all up. and as the twelve sisters slowly came up very much tired. As they were rowing over the lake. and when any of the princesses had a cup of wine set by her. but the eldest always silenced her. and afterwards to a third. so they said. they heard him snoring in his bed. the youngest sister was terribly frightened. 'All is not right. The princes rowed them back again over the lake (but this time the soldier placed himself in the boat with the eldest princess). who were crying for joy. 'I do not know why it is. When they came to the stairs. And the soldier broke a branch from each. and each prince danced with his princess. so that when she put the cup to her mouth it was empty. and glittered and sparkled beautifully. who was all the time invisible. which made the youngest sister tremble with fear. where the leaves were all glittering diamonds. They danced on till three o'clock in the morning. 'Now all is quite safe'. the prince who was in the boat with the youngest princess and the soldier said. and then all their shoes were worn out. then they undressed themselves.' said the princess: 'I feel it very warm too. and at the bottom they found themselves in a most delightful grove of trees.' But the eldest said. someone took hold of my gown. Then the youngest daughter said again. too. so he broke off a little branch. and I am quite tired: the boat seems very heavy today. put away their fine . from which came the merry music of horns and trumpets. and there came a loud noise from the tree. but the eldest still said.' Then down they all went.' Then they came to another grove of trees. and the soldier. 'It is only our princes. One of the princesses went into each boat. At this.' 'It is only the heat of the weather. and she cried out to her sisters. who are shouting for joy at our approach. the princesses promising to come again the next night. so that they were obliged to leave off. who seemed to be waiting there for the princesses.princess. So they went on till they came to a great lake. and went into the castle. There they all landed. where all the leaves were of gold. 'I am sure all is not right--did not you hear that noise? That never happened before. and laid himself down.

close by the seaside. As soon as the time came when he was to declare the secret. and how it had told him it was an enchanted prince. do go back and tell the fish we want a snug . Then the king called for the princesses. and left a long streak of blood behind him on the wave. and he answered. The fisherman used to go out all day long a-fishing. as soon as you please!' Then he put him back into the water. 'Did not you ask it for anything?' said the wife. but determined to see more of this strange adventure. When the fisherman went home to his wife in the pigsty. on the third night the soldier carried away one of the golden cups as a token of where he had been. 'Where do my twelve daughters dance at night?' he answered. and one day. and every thing happened just as before. and then returned home. 'you need not make so many words about the matter. he was taken before the king with the three branches and the golden cup. and the twelve princesses stood listening behind the door to hear what he would say. 'Pray let me live! I am not a real fish. on hearing it speak. 'I am not very young. and asked them whether what the soldier said was true: and when they saw that they were discovered. he told her how he had caught a great fish. and the fish darted straight down to the bottom. and went to bed. and the soldier was chosen to be the king's heir. In the morning the soldier said nothing about what had happened. And when the king asked him. as he sat on the shore with his rod. 'we live very wretchedly here. and went again the second and third night. the princesses danced each time till their shoes were worn to pieces. and how. in this nasty dirty pigsty. and showed him the three branches and the golden cup which he had brought with him. sir. looking at the sparkling waves and watching his line. all on a sudden his float was dragged away deep into the water: and in drawing it up he pulled out a great fish. and let me go!' 'Oh. ho!' said the man. However. they confessed it all. and that it was of no use to deny what had happened.clothes. I am an enchanted prince: put me in the water again. pulled off their shoes.' And then he told the king all that had happened. THE FISHERMAN AND HIS WIFE There was once a fisherman who lived with his wife in a pigsty. he had let it go again. I will have nothing to do with a fish that can talk: so swim away.'--And they were married that very day. so I will have the eldest. And the king asked the soldier which of them he would choose for his wife. 'With twelve princes in a castle under ground. But the fish said.

and he went close to the edge of the waves. we ought to be easy with this pretty cottage to live in. the courtyard and the garden are a great deal too small. but his heart was very heavy: and when he came to the sea. at least. I know. go along and try!' The fisherman went.' 'Wife. for perhaps he will be angry. And he stood at the water's edge. 'is not this much better than the filthy pigsty we had?' And there was a parlour. planted with all sorts of flowers and fruits. and wants a snug little cottage. and saw his wife standing at the door of a nice trim little cottage.little cottage.' said the fish.' 'Go home. I should like to have a large stone castle to live in: go to the fish again and tell him to give us a castle. 'she says that when I had caught you. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. and then Dame Ilsabill said. Everything went right for a week or two. he went to the seashore. and said. it looked blue and gloomy. she does not like living any longer in the pigsty. and when he came back there the water looked all yellow and green. 'Husband. 'Well. 'Come in. . and there was a courtyard behind.' The fisherman did not much like the business: however. though it was very calm. 'I don't like to go to him again. 'Ah!' said the man. then. come in!' said she. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' Then the fish came swimming to him. and behind the cottage there was a little garden.' said the fisherman. and a bedchamber. I ought to have asked you for something before I let you go. 'how happily we shall live now!' 'We will try to do so. full of ducks and chickens. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' 'Nonsense!' said the wife. 'he will do it very willingly. what does she want now?' said the fish. 'she is in the cottage already!' So the man went home.' said his wife. and a kitchen. there is not near room enough for us in this cottage. what is her will? What does your wife want?' 'Ah!' said the fisherman. 'Ah!' said the fisherman.

'she is standing at the gate of it already.' 'Perhaps we may. wife! why should you wish to be emperor?' said the fisherman. I am king. with a golden crown upon her head.' said the man.' So away went the fisherman. 'See. 'go to the fish! . 'Well.' said she.' 'Go home. and she jogged the fisherman with her elbow. 'Ah. he said. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'Well. 'my wife wants to live in a stone castle. 'but let us sleep upon it. 'Husband. 'how can you be king--the fish cannot make you a king?' 'Husband. and in the courtyard were stables and cow-houses.' 'I don't know how that may be. 'But.' So the man went away quite sorrowful to think that his wife should want to be king. This time the sea looked a dark grey colour.' said the man. The next morning when Dame Ilsabill awoke it was broad daylight. and found his wife standing before the gate of a great castle. husband. then.' said she. and around it was a park half a mile long. and bestir yourself.' said the fish. it is true. 'never is a long time. before we make up our minds to that. and goats. what would she have now?' said the fish.' So they went to bed. but I begin to be tired of that.dolefully. and found a great many servants there.' And when he had looked at her for a long time.' Then the fisherman went home. wife. 'are you king?' 'Yes. and hares. full of sheep. and behind the castle was a garden. And when he went in he saw his wife sitting on a throne of gold and diamonds. 'now we will live cheerful and happy in this beautiful castle for the rest of our lives. 'Get up.' said the fish. and full of golden chairs and tables. and was overspread with curling waves and the ridges of foam as he cried out: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. wife. and I think I should like to be emperor. and on each side of her stood six fair maidens. 'she is king already.' said she. 'why should we wish to be the king? I will not be king. and deer.' said the fisherman. and heard the sound of drums and trumpets.' said she.' said she. and the rooms all richly furnished. 'say no more about it. each a head taller than the other.' said the wife. but go and try! I will be king.' 'Go home. 'I am king. for we must be king of all the land. 'Well. wife! what a fine thing it is to be king! Now we shall never have anything more to wish for as long as we live.' 'Then I will.' 'Wife. wife.' said the fisherman.' said she. and as he came close to the palace he saw a troop of soldiers.' 'Alas. 'is not this grand?' With that they went into the castle together. and said. 'Alas!' said the poor man. 'my wife wants to be king.

' said she.' So he went home again. and dukes.' 'Husband. 'This will come to no good. And before her stood princes.' He soon came to the seashore.' 'Go home. wife!' replied the fisherman. 'I am emperor. are you emperor?' 'Yes. 'how can you be pope? there is but one pope at a time in Christendom. 'the fish cannot make an emperor. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. and said: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. so go at once!' So the fisherman was forced to go.' said the fish. and I should not like to ask him for such a thing. 'what a fine thing it is to be emperor!' 'Husband. and the water was quite black and muddy. and he muttered as he went along. as if a dreadful storm was rising. 'if he can make an emperor.' 'O wife. with a great crown on her head full two yards high.' 'But. but he went as near as he could to the water's brink. as he gazed upon her. 'and you are my slave. and as he came near he saw his wife Ilsabill sitting on a very lofty throne made of solid gold.' So the fisherman went. 'the fish cannot make you pope.' said she. and the ships were in trouble.' said she. 'she is emperor already. and he trembled so that his knees knocked together: but still he went down near to the shore. 'why should we stop at being emperor? I will be pope next. I am sure.' replied the husband.' 'What nonsense!' said she. and a mighty whirlwind blew over the waves and rolled them about. he can make a pope: go and try him. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What would she have now?' said the fish. and earls: and the fisherman went up to her and said. But when he came to the shore the wind was raging and the sea was tossed up and down in boiling waves. wife!' said he. but towards the south all was red.' 'I am king. 'I will be pope this very day.' 'Ah!' said the man. from the tallest giant down to a little dwarf no bigger than my finger. 'she wants to be emperor. it is too much to ask. and then we shall be sorry for what we have done. In the middle of the heavens there was a little piece of blue sky. each one smaller than the other.I say I will be emperor. the fish will be tired at last. 'Wife.' said Ilsabill. and rolled fearfully upon the tops of the billows.' 'Ah. and said: . and on each side of her stood her guards and attendants in a row. At this sight the fisherman was dreadfully frightened.

Then they went to bed: but Dame Ilsabill could not sleep all night for thinking what she should be next.' At this thought she was very angry.' 'I will think about that. so that the trees and the very rocks shook.' replied he.' 'Well. of all sizes. 'Ah!' said the fisherman. And the fisherman crept towards the sea. 'Husband. And all the heavens became black with stormy clouds. and said. and the lightnings played. Go to the fish at once!' Then the man went shivering with fear. 'I am very uneasy as long as the sun and moon rise without my leave. and cried out. 'Ah!' said he.' said the fish. wife.' said she. the greatest as large as the highest and biggest tower in the world. And on each side of her were two rows of burning lights. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. and the sun rose. and around her stood all the pomp and power of the Church. 'it is a grand thing to be pope. wife!' said he. And hath sent me to beg a boon of thee!' 'What does she want now?' said the fish. and found Ilsabill sitting on a throne that was two miles high. 'Ha!' thought she. 'cannot you be easy with being pope?' 'No. and now you must be easy. and you might have seen in the sea great black waves.' The fisherman was half asleep. for you can be nothing greater. 'after all I cannot prevent the sun rising. and as he was going down to the shore a dreadful storm arose. and wakened her husband. as she was dropping asleep. as he looked at all this greatness. At last. 'my wife wants to be pope. 'Alas. as well as he could: 'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will.' Then the fisherman went home. 'I am pope. 'to your pigsty .' said the fisherman. morning broke.' said the wife.' 'Go home. 'are you pope?' 'Yes. and the thunders rolled.' said the fish. as she woke up and looked at it through the window. go to the fish and tell him I must be lord of the sun and moon.'O man of the sea! Hearken to me! My wife Ilsabill Will have her own will. and the least no larger than a small rushlight.' 'Go home. but the thought frightened him so much that he started and fell out of bed. And she had three great crowns on her head. 'Wife.' said she. 'she wants to be lord of the sun and moon. swelling up like mountains with crowns of white foam upon their heads. 'she is pope already.

'Is that the royal palace?' cried the bear. 'it is a wretched palace. cows. went to it again.' And there they live to this very day. and the bear heard a bird singing so beautifully that he said: 'Brother wolf. and they began to feed their young ones. and said: 'No. 'before whom we must bow down. come. that we are not! Our parents are honest people! Bear. and you are not King's children. and screamed: 'No.' 'That is not done quite as you seem to think. but midges. The King and Queen had just flown out. why have you insulted my children? You shall suffer for it--we will punish you by a bloody war. they were frightfully angry. and trotted away. And the willow-wren summoned everything which flew in the air. he shall be punished. the Queen arrived with some food in her beak. oxen. could not rest until he had seen the royal palace. the willow-wren sent out spies .' and he at once flew with the Queen to the bear's cave. not if we were dying of hunger. until you have settled whether we are respectable children or not. 'I should very much like to see his royal palace. and the lord King came too. continued to cry and scream. you must wait until the lord and lady Queen have gone away again. The bear would have liked to go at once. and when their parents again brought food they said: 'We will not so much as touch one fly's leg. however. The young willow-wrens.' Soon afterwards. what bird is it that sings so well?' 'That is the King of birds.again. however. you will have to pay for that!' The bear and the wolf grew uneasy.' said the wolf.' So they took stock of the hole where the nest lay. 'you must wait until the Queen comes.' said the wolf. 'IF that's the case. and called in: 'Old Growler. deer. the bear has been here and has insulted us!' Then the old King said: 'Be easy. bees and flies had to come. When the time came for the war to begin. and turned back and went into their holes. not only birds.' Thus war was announced to the Bear. large and small. THE WILLOW-WREN AND THE BEAR Once in summer-time the bear and the wolf were walking in the forest. but the wolf held him back by the sleeve. asses. take me thither.' said the bear. and all four-footed animals were summoned to take part in it. and hornets. no. The bear. you are disreputable children!' When the young wrens heard that. so he peeped in and saw five or six young ones lying there. and when a short time had passed.' In reality the bird was the willow-wren. and every other animal the earth contained.

which was her . eat and drink to your heart's content. and begged their pardon. who was the most crafty. which almost looks like a plume of red feathers. rejoice. from pain. and whirring. the bear must come to the nest. we have won the battle!' But the young wrens said: 'We will not eat yet. that rose in the midst of it. Now she had a golden ball in her hand. all the four-footed animals came running up with such a noise that the earth trembled. or else every rib of your body shall be broken. and put his tail between his legs. and you must charge.' Then the willow-wren flew to the bear's hole and cried: 'Growler. run away as fast as you can. you shall be general and lead us. THE FROG-PRINCE One fine evening a young princess put on her bonnet and clogs. and he called the fox before him and said: 'Fox. and beg their pardon. and began to flee. they thought all was lost. and on both sides they advanced against each other. and swarming that every one was uneasy and afraid. and went out to take a walk by herself in a wood. The gnat. you are to come to the nest to my children.' When the gnat had heard that. When the animals saw that. but he bore it.' So the bear crept thither in the greatest fear. When I lift my tail up quite high. and sat down together and ate and drank.' said the fox. flew into the forest where the enemy was assembled. she sat herself down to rest a while. you are the most cunning of all animals.' 'Good. and when she came to a cool spring of water. all is going well. Then the King and Queen flew home to their children and cried: 'Children. before we will do that. to the willow-wren. he was forced to put it down for a moment. he started so that he lifted one leg. When the fox felt the first string. screamed. she flew away again. There stood the bear. each into his hole. When day broke. and still kept his tail high in the air. and sting with all his might. and the birds had won the battle. and made merry till quite late into the night. and hid herself beneath a leaf of the tree where the password was to be announced. with orders to settle beneath the fox's tail. and the battle was to begin. down to the minutest detail.to discover who was the enemy's commander-in-chief. And now at last the young wrens were satisfied. But the willow-wren sent down the hornet. at the second sting. 'but what signal shall we agree upon?' No one knew that. The willow-wren with his army also came flying through the air with such a humming. he could hold out no longer. at the third. but if I let it hang down. and beg for pardon and say that we are honourable children. so the fox said: 'I have a fine long bushy tail. and revealed everything.

and said. I will do all you ask. 'Well. that she never thought of the frog.' Then the princess ran to the door and opened it. 'what can you do for me. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. and after a little while he came up again. with the ball in his mouth. and rolled along upon the ground. and dived deep under the water.' Then the frog put his head down.' said she. and let me live with you and eat from off your golden plate. but it was very deep. you nasty frog? My golden ball has fallen into the spring.favourite plaything.' But she did not stop to hear a word. asked her what was the matter. After a time she threw it up so high that she missed catching it as it fell. and said. 'Princess.' The frog said. The next day. 'I want not your pearls. I would give all my fine clothes and jewels. and a little voice cried out and said: 'Open the door. and shutting the door as fast as she could came back to her seat. her father. she heard a strange noise--tap. and she was always tossing it up into the air. and fine clothes. The princess looked into the spring after her ball. and the ball bounded away.' Whilst she was speaking. 'this silly frog is talking! He can never even get out of the spring to visit me. that lifted my ball for me out of the spring this morning: I told him that he should live with me here.' thought the princess. At this sight she was sadly frightened. 'at the door. 'Alas! if I could only get my ball again. I will bring you your ball again. 'There is a nasty frog. 'Stay. seeing that something had frightened her. and catching it again as it fell. and everything that I have in the world. and she was so overjoyed to have it in her hand again. plash--as if something was coming up the marble staircase: and soon afterwards there was a gentle knock at the door. and there she saw the frog. just as the princess had sat down to dinner. and therefore I will tell him he shall have what he asks. if you will bring me my ball. but if you will love me. and sleep upon your bed.' So she said to the frog. The frog called after her. my princess dear. a frog put its head out of the water. thinking that he could never . As soon as the young princess saw her ball. till at last it fell down into the spring. she ran to pick it up. Then she began to bewail her loss. though he may be able to get my ball for me. and threw it on the edge of the spring. but ran home with it as fast as she could. The king. why do you weep so bitterly?' 'Alas!' said she.' 'What nonsense. and jewels. princess. so deep that she could not see the bottom of it. whom she had quite forgotten. tap--plash. in the greenwood shade. and take me with you as you said.

the frog said. As soon as it was light he jumped up. and the frog came once more. and said: 'Open the door.' But she was mistaken.get out of the spring. and I shall be troubled with him no more. for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door. carry me upstairs. till the morning broke. took him up in her hand.' While she was speaking the frog knocked again at the door. though very unwilling. and let him eat from her plate. and now I have nothing to wish for but that you should go with me into my father's kingdom. But when the princess awoke on the following morning she was astonished to see. and when he had eaten as much as he could. 'Now.' She did so.' As soon as she had done this. then. but there he is at the door. and said: 'Open the door. 'Now I am tired.' said he to the princess. He told her that he had been enchanted by a spiteful fairy. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool. in the greenwood shade.' This she did. Open the door to thy true love here! And mind the words that thou and I said By the fountain cool.' Then the king said to the young princess. and sleep upon her bed for three nights. 'Put your plate nearer to me. a handsome prince. and slept upon her pillow as before. gazing on her with the most beautiful eyes she had ever seen. And the third night he did the same. 'You. till he came up close to the table where the princess sat. in the greenwood shade. 'As you have given your word you must keep it. my princess dear. where I will . 'have broken his cruel charm.' said the prince.' And the princess. instead of the frog.' thought the princess. he said. 'Pray lift me upon chair. and put me into your bed. and the frog hopped into the room. and he wants to come in. where he slept all night long. 'and let me sit next to you. and put him upon the pillow of her own bed. who had changed him into a frog. and that he had been fated so to abide till some princess should take him out of the spring. my princess dear. and went out of the house.' And when the princess opened the door the frog came in. hopped downstairs. and then straight on--tap. that I may eat out of it. plash--from the bottom of the room to the top. and standing at the head of her bed. tap--plash. so go and let him in. 'at last he is gone.

however. and love you as long as you live. Let me go out today. and said to the mouse: 'I want to tell you something. They then took leave of the king. 'by all means go. CAT AND MOUSE IN PARTNERSHIP A certain cat had made the acquaintance of a mouse.marry you. and not until it was evening did she return home. and licked her lips whenever she thought of the pot of fat. At length. and I am to hold him over the font at the christening. faithful Heinrich.' answered the cat. stole to the pot of fat. I should like a drop of sweet red christening wine myself. began to lick at it. here you are again. but they did not know where to put it.' 'Yes.' The good advice was followed. and not touch it until we are really in need of it. little mouse. 'Well.' So the pot was placed in safety.' 'All went off well. who had bewailed the misfortunes of his dear master during his enchantment so long and so bitterly. for the prince's kingdom.' All this. the cat said: 'I know no place where it will be better stored up than in the church. for no one dares take anything away from there. or else we shall suffer from hunger. and licked the top of the fat off. We will set it beneath the altar. little mouse. full of joy and merriment. and got into the coach with eight horses. 'What name did they . and has asked me to be godmother. with eight beautiful horses. was untrue. think of me. and a pot of fat was bought. and you look after the house by yourself. he is white with brown spots. or you will be caught in a trap some day. my cousin has brought a little son into the world. looked out for opportunities.' said the mouse. was not long in saying 'Yes' to all this. and then stretched herself in the sun. and had said so much to her about the great love and friendship she felt for her. cannot venture everywhere. decked with plumes of feathers and a golden harness. that his heart had well-nigh burst. 'But we must make a provision for winter. yes. 'no doubt you have had a merry day. and there they lived happily a great many years.' The young princess. Then she took a walk upon the roofs of the town. the cat had no cousin. but it was not long before the cat had a great yearning for it. after much consideration. which they reached safely. and if you get anything very good to eat. and behind the coach rode the prince's servant. She went straight to the church. and all set out. and as they spoke a gay coach drove up.' said the cat. and had not been asked to be godmother. that at length the mouse agreed that they should live and keep house together. 'and you. you may be sure.' answered the mouse.

'All good things go in threes. I am again asked to be godmother. you will let me go.' said she. won't you?' 'Top-off! Half-done!' answered the mouse. When she went home the mouse inquired: 'And what was the child christened?' 'Half-done. She said to the mouse: 'You must do me a favour. this only happens once every few years. but when the winter had come and there was no longer anything to be found outside.' said the cat. but with that exception. and said: 'Come. 'It will not please you more than the others. First . the mouse thought of their provision. the pot of fat certainly was still in its place. and once more manage the house for a day alone. 'When everything is eaten up one has some peace. they make me very thoughtful. 'it is no worse than Crumb-stealer. 'that is a very odd and uncommon name.give the child?' 'Top off!' said the cat quite coolly. The child is quite black. as your godchildren are called. 'I am asked to stand godmother again.' said she. it has not a single white hair on its whole body. I'll wager anything it is not in the calendar!' The cat's mouth soon began to water for some more licking. 'in your dark-grey fur coat and long tail.' 'Yes.' answered the cat. what can that mean?' and she shook her head. curled herself up. but the greedy cat entirely emptied the pot of fat. that's because you do not go out in the daytime. 'now I see what has happened. I cannot refuse. and well filled and fat she did not return home till night. 'Alas!' said the mouse. and was quite satisfied with her day's work.' 'You sit at home. and devoured half the pot of fat. 'they are such odd names.' During the cat's absence the mouse cleaned the house. From this time forth no one invited the cat to be godmother.' cried the mouse 'that is the most suspicious name of all! I have never seen it in print. 'He is called All-gone. but the cat crept behind the town walls to the church. cat. we will go to our pot of fat which we have stored up for ourselves--we shall enjoy that.' 'All-gone. and.' They set out on their way. but it was empty. The mouse at once asked what name had been given to the third child.' said the cat.' answered the cat.' The good mouse consented.' Before long the cat was seized by another fit of yearning.' said she to herself. 'Half-done! What are you saying? I never heard the name in my life. only it has white paws. now it comes to light! You a true friend! You have devoured all when you were standing godmother. 'Nothing ever seems so good as what one keeps to oneself. and lay down to sleep. is it a usual one in your family?' 'What does that matter. 'you will enjoy it as much as you would enjoy sticking that dainty tongue of yours out of the window. 'Top off!' cried the mouse. as the child has a white ring round its neck. and put it in order. but when they arrived. and are filled with fancies.' said the cat. All-gone.

and took a little knife.' 'All-gone' was already on the poor mouse's lips. 'one word more. and swallowed her down. get off yourself. and stoop down by the water and drink. she was betrothed to a prince who lived a great way off. 'Take care of it. and in short everything that became a royal bride. Verily. for it is a charm that may be of use to you on the road. and I will eat you too. When she grew up. and silver. I shall not be your waiting-maid any longer. and gave it to the princess. and she put the lock of hair into her bosom. and left his queen to take care of their only child. and she wept and said. One day. THE GOOSE-GIRL The king of a great land died. 'if you are thirsty. the fairy went into her bed-chamber.' Then they all took a sorrowful leave of the princess. would she rue it. Now the princess's horse was the fairy's gift. and as the time drew near for her to be married. and her mother loved her dearly.' .' cried the cat. dear child. jewels. the princess began to feel very thirsty: and she said to her maid. then half-done. and dared not bring out her golden cup. seized her. scarcely had she spoken it before the cat sprang on her. and knelt over the little brook. trinkets. that is the way of the world. and was very kind to her. she got ready to set off on her journey to his country. And she gave her a waiting-maid to ride with her. who was very beautiful. for she was frightened. Sadly. and cut off a lock of her hair. and set off on her journey to her bridegroom's kingdom. packed up a great many costly things.top off. sadly. and fetch me some water in my golden cup out of yonder brook. then--' 'Will you hold your tongue.' Then she was so thirsty that she got down. and give her into the bridegroom's hands. and each had a horse for the journey. and could speak. as they were riding along by a brook. 'Pray get down. and said. and drank. 'Alas! what will become of me?' And the lock answered her. for I want to drink. who was fond of the princess. fine dresses. and gold. This child was a daughter. When the time came for them to set out. got upon her horse. Then the queen her mother.' 'Nay. and said: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. and it was called Falada.' said the maid. And there was a good fairy too. and helped her mother to watch over her.

now that she had lost the hair. the lock of hair fell from her bosom. and cried and said. Then the waiting-maid got upon Falada. when they came to a river. and the sun so scorching. 'Pray get down. 'I brought her with me for the sake of her company on the road. looking at what was going on. and she saw that the poor bride would be in her power. and even spoke more haughtily than before: 'Drink if you will. and marked it well.' said she. and the prince flew to meet them. There was great joy at their coming. and held her head over the running stream. the maid said. so he amused himself by sitting at his kitchen window. and too delicate for a waiting-maid. At last. and you may have my horse instead'. sadly. but the true princess was told to stay in the court below. and fetch me some water to drink in my golden cup. thinking she was the one who was to be his wife. that was thus left standing in the court below. Sadly. that the bride began to feel very thirsty again. for she knew the charm. and said. so she said nothing to her maid's ill behaviour. and would have got upon Falada again. 'I shall ride upon Falada. But Falada saw it all. but got upon her horse again. and was very glad. but I shall not be your waiting-maid. he went up into the royal chamber to ask the bride who it was she had brought with her.' And as she leaned down to drink. and floated away with the water. So when the bride had done drinking. Now she was so frightened that she did not see it. 'I have a lad who takes .' The old king could not for some time think of any work for her to do. Now the old king happened just then to have nothing else to do. but her maid saw it. and at last. and the real bride rode upon the other horse. and they went on in this way till at last they came to the royal court. would she rue it. and she was led upstairs to the royal chamber. and he saw her in the courtyard. and soon afterwards to take off her royal clothes and put on her maid's shabby ones. this treacherous servant threatened to kill her mistress if she ever told anyone what had happened. she forgot her maid's rude speech.But the princess was very gentle and meek.' But the maid answered her. as they drew near the end of their journey. and lifted the maid from her horse. that she may not be idle. and lay down. till the day grew so warm. As she looked very pretty. but at last he said. so she was forced to give up her horse. 'What will become of me?' And the lock of hair answered her again: 'Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it.' Then the princess was so thirsty that she got off her horse. Then all rode farther on their journey. 'pray give the girl some work to do.

and rocks. And when she came to the meadow. she wept. she had done combing and curling her . and when Curdken saw it glitter in the sun. she may go and help him. would she rue it. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. which were all of pure silver. she was very much afraid lest Falada should some day or other speak. she sat down upon a bank there. but she cried: 'Blow. breezes. But the false bride said to the prince. so strong that it blew off Curdken's hat. and would have pulled some of the locks out. bride. by the time he came back. sadly.' Now the name of this lad.' 'That I will. and the faithful Falada was killed. and let down her waving locks of hair. and away it flew over the hills: and he was forced to turn and run after it. and cut off the head. Sadly. for it was very unruly. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if thy mother knew it. dales. and drove the geese on. was Curdken.' Then they went out of the city. he ran up. Then the slaughterer said he would do as she wished. till. and tell all she had done to the princess.' said the prince. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. she said sorrowfully: 'Falada. breezes. and begged the man to nail up Falada's head against a large dark gate of the city. as she and Curdken went out through the gate. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then there came a wind. and nailed it up under the dark gate. 'Dear husband. but the truth was. Falada. She carried her point. that the real bride was to help in watching the king's geese. 'Then tell one of your slaughterers to cut off the head of the horse I rode upon. that there she might still see him sometimes.care of my geese. but when the true princess heard of it. pray do me one piece of kindness. and plagued me sadly on the road'. Early the next morning. through which she had to pass every morning and evening.

The next morning. and would not speak to her at all. breezes. and wanted to take hold of it. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. Sadly. there thou gangest! . 'When we go in the morning through the dark gate with our flock of geese.' 'Why?' said the king. In the evening. Curdken went to the old king. so that he had to run after it. as they were going through the dark gate. and sat down again in the meadow. and had put it up again safe.' Then the king made him tell him what had happened. she does nothing but tease me all day long.' Then she drove on the geese. and off it flew a great way. bride. 'I cannot have that strange girl to help me to keep the geese any longer. but she cried out quickly: 'Blow. and rocks. sadly. the poor girl looked up at Falada's head. and when he came back she had bound up her hair again. over the hills and far away.hair. there thou gangest! Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! Then the wind came and blew away his hat. there thou hangest!' and the head answers: 'Bride. and Curdken ran up to her. 'Because. and all was safe. breezes. Falada. but they watched the geese until it grew dark in the evening. and cried: 'Falada. and says: 'Falada. and then drove them homewards. and began to comb out her hair as before. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. after they came home. instead of doing any good. would she rue it. So they watched the geese till it grew dark. bride. Then he was very angry and sulky. And Curdken said. she cries and talks with the head of a horse that hangs upon the wall. and said. dales. Falada. there thou hangest!' and the head answered: 'Bride.

for when she had done the king ordered royal clothes to be put upon her. and to leave his flock of geese to themselves. So he began. and how he was forced to run after it. And the young king rejoiced when he saw her beauty. and heard how she spoke to Falada. from beginning to end. And then he heard her say: 'Blow. and heard how meek and patient she had been. breezes.' But the old king begged so hard. The bridegroom sat at the top. he placed himself behind the dark gate. while the girl went on combing and curling her hair. and rocks. blow! Let Curdken's hat go! Blow. Then he went into the field.' And Curdken went on telling the king what had happened upon the meadow where the geese fed. and asked her why she did so: but she burst into tears. but nobody knew her again. 'That I must not tell you or any man. would she rue it. breezes. word for word. with the false princess on one side. she let down her hair that glittered in the sun. after a little time. and carried away Curdken's hat. All this the old king saw: so he went home without being seen. that she had no peace till she had told him all the tale. for her beauty was quite dazzling to their eyes. Then he called his son and told him that he had only a false bride. Sadly. and without saying anything to the false bride. dales. and how Falada answered.Alas! alas! if they mother knew it. now that she had her brilliant dress on. blow! Let him after it go! O'er hills. and he soon saw with his own eyes how they drove the flock of geese. or I shall lose my life. and when the little goose-girl came back in the evening he called her aside. and said. and how. and she did not seem at all like the little goose-girl. the old king said he would tell them a tale. and told all the story of the . and hid himself in a bush by the meadow's side. When they had eaten and drank. and away went Curdken after it. sadly. while the true bride stood by. the king ordered a great feast to be got ready for all his court. and gazed on her with wonder. she was so beautiful. And it was very lucky for her that she did so. for that she was merely a waiting-maid. Away be it whirl'd Till the silvery locks Are all comb'd and curl'd! And soon came a gale of wind. But the old king told the boy to go out again the next day: and when morning came. and the true one on the other. how his hat was blown away. and were very merry.

and bid Chanticleer harness himself to it and draw her home. stop!' . so shall it be done to thee.' So they went to the mountains. 'That's a good joke!' said Chanticleer.' And the young king was then married to his true wife.' said Chanticleer to his wife Partlet. as if it was one that he had once heard. This she agreed to do.' said this false bride. crying. But Chanticleer was no coward.' While this was passing. 'let us go and make a holiday of it together. I had rather by half walk home. they took it into their heads that it did not become them to go home on foot. and returned the duck's blows with his sharp spurs so fiercely that she soon began to cry out for mercy. and that two white horses should be put to it. HOW THEY WENT TO THE MOUNTAINS TO EAT NUTS 'The nuts are quite ripe now. I do not know: however. or whether they were lazy and would not. 'than that she should be thrown into a cask stuck round with sharp nails. whether it was that they had eaten so many nuts that they could not walk. 'Now. get on as fast as you can. 'suppose we go together to the mountains. but I'll not draw. 'no. and they reigned over the kingdom in peace and happiness all their lives. I'll sit on the box and be coachman. a duck came quacking up and cried out. and the good fairy came to see them.' And away they went at a pretty good pace.' 'With all my heart. before the squirrel takes them all away. 'and as thou has judged thyself. After they had travelled along a little way. they stayed there till the evening. and as it was a lovely day. Now. if you like. what business have you in my grounds? I'll give it you well for your insolence!' and upon that she fell upon Chanticleer most lustily.princess. and drove. and eat as many as we can.' said Partlet. THE ADVENTURES OF CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET 1.' 'Thou art she!' said the old king. duck. and should drag it from street to street till she was dead. 'You thieving vagabonds. 'Nothing better. and Chanticleer got upon the box. 'Stop. they met a needle and a pin walking together along the road: and the needle cried out. and he asked the true waiting-maid what she thought ought to be done to anyone who would behave thus. that will never do. and restored the faithful Falada to life again. Partlet jumped into it and sat down. So Chanticleer began to build a little carriage of nutshells: and when it was finished. which was only granted her upon condition that she would draw the carriage home for them.

they made up their minds to fix their quarters there: but the landlord at first was unwilling. who was in the habit of laying one every day: so at last he let them come in. thinking they might not be very respectable company: however. but. the duck. 'Bless me!' said he. and had sat drinking till they had forgotten how late it was. but they were all off. and threw the shells into the fireplace: they then went to the pin and needle. heard them coming. and gave him the egg which Partlet had laid by the way. and jumping into the brook which ran close by the inn. told them they might ride. and waddled about a good deal from one side to the other. he begged therefore that the travellers would be so kind as to give them a lift in their carriage. and took his handkerchief to wipe his face. fetching the egg. Chanticleer observing that they were but thin fellows. Early in the morning. oh dear! the needle ran into him. suspecting the company who had come in the night before. but when he stirred it up the eggshells flew into his eyes. who slept in the open air in the yard. 'all the world seems to have a design against my head this morning': and so saying. paid no reckoning. and such dirty walking they could not get on at all: he told them that he and his friend. He now flew into a very great passion. had been at a public-house a few miles off. and. and this time the pain was not in his head. who ate a great deal.and said it was so dark that they could hardly find their way. so he swore that he never again would take in such a troop of vagabonds. and the duck seemed much tired. nor to tread on Partlet's toes. they pecked a hole in it. who were fast asleep. before it was quite light. and when nobody was stirring in the inn. and almost blinded him. However. Late at night they arrived at an inn. and. ate it up. he went to look after them. having done this. and gave him nothing for his trouble but their apish tricks. and said they would give him the duck. 2. they crept away as softly as possible. and. Chanticleer awakened his wife. An hour or two afterwards the landlord got up. soon swam out of their reach. and not likely to take up much room. but the pin ran into him and pricked him: then he walked into the kitchen to light his pipe at the fire. he threw himself sulkily into his easy chair. the pin. but made them promise not to dirty the wheels of the carriage in getting in. they spoke civilly to him. and said his house was full. HOW CHANTICLEER AND PARTLET WENT TO VIST MR KORBES . and as it was bad travelling in the dark. and seizing them by the heads. and they bespoke a handsome supper. and spent the evening very jollily. stuck one into the landlord's easy chair and the other into his handkerchief.

Another day, Chanticleer and Partlet wished to ride out together; so Chanticleer built a handsome carriage with four red wheels, and harnessed six mice to it; and then he and Partlet got into the carriage, and away they drove. Soon afterwards a cat met them, and said, 'Where are you going?' And Chanticleer replied, 'All on our way A visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Then the cat said, 'Take me with you,' Chanticleer said, 'With all my heart: get up behind, and be sure you do not fall off.' 'Take care of this handsome coach of mine, Nor dirty my pretty red wheels so fine! Now, mice, be ready, And, wheels, run steady! For we are going a visit to pay To Mr Korbes, the fox, today.' Soon after came up a millstone, an egg, a duck, and a pin; and Chanticleer gave them all leave to get into the carriage and go with them. When they arrived at Mr Korbes's house, he was not at home; so the mice drew the carriage into the coach-house, Chanticleer and Partlet flew upon a beam, the cat sat down in the fireplace, the duck got into the washing cistern, the pin stuck himself into the bed pillow, the millstone laid himself over the house door, and the egg rolled himself up in the towel. When Mr Korbes came home, he went to the fireplace to make a fire; but the cat threw all the ashes in his eyes: so he ran to the kitchen to wash himself; but there the duck splashed all the water in his face; and when he tried to wipe himself, the egg broke to pieces in the towel all over his face and eyes. Then he was very angry, and went without his supper to bed; but when he laid his head on the pillow, the pin ran into his cheek: at this he became quite furious, and, jumping up, would have run out of the house; but when he came to the door, the millstone fell down on his head, and killed him on the spot. 3. HOW PARTLET DIED AND WAS BURIED, AND HOW CHANTICLEER DIED OF GRIEF Another day Chanticleer and Partlet agreed to go again to the mountains

to eat nuts; and it was settled that all the nuts which they found should be shared equally between them. Now Partlet found a very large nut; but she said nothing about it to Chanticleer, and kept it all to herself: however, it was so big that she could not swallow it, and it stuck in her throat. Then she was in a great fright, and cried out to Chanticleer, 'Pray run as fast as you can, and fetch me some water, or I shall be choked.' Chanticleer ran as fast as he could to the river, and said, 'River, give me some water, for Partlet lies in the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' The river said, 'Run first to the bride, and ask her for a silken cord to draw up the water.' Chanticleer ran to the bride, and said, 'Bride, you must give me a silken cord, for then the river will give me water, and the water I will carry to Partlet, who lies on the mountain, and will be choked by a great nut.' But the bride said, 'Run first, and bring me my garland that is hanging on a willow in the garden.' Then Chanticleer ran to the garden, and took the garland from the bough where it hung, and brought it to the bride; and then the bride gave him the silken cord, and he took the silken cord to the river, and the river gave him water, and he carried the water to Partlet; but in the meantime she was choked by the great nut, and lay quite dead, and never moved any more. Then Chanticleer was very sorry, and cried bitterly; and all the beasts came and wept with him over poor Partlet. And six mice built a little hearse to carry her to her grave; and when it was ready they harnessed themselves before it, and Chanticleer drove them. On the way they met the fox. 'Where are you going, Chanticleer?' said he. 'To bury my Partlet,' said the other. 'May I go with you?' said the fox. 'Yes; but you must get up behind, or my horses will not be able to draw you.' Then the fox got up behind; and presently the wolf, the bear, the goat, and all the beasts of the wood, came and climbed upon the hearse. So on they went till they came to a rapid stream. 'How shall we get over?' said Chanticleer. Then said a straw, 'I will lay myself across, and you may pass over upon me.' But as the mice were going over, the straw slipped away and fell into the water, and the six mice all fell in and were drowned. What was to be done? Then a large log of wood came and said, 'I am big enough; I will lay myself across the stream, and you shall pass over upon me.' So he laid himself down; but they managed so clumsily, that the log of wood fell in and was carried away by the stream. Then a stone, who saw what had happened, came up and kindly offered to help poor Chanticleer by laying himself across the stream; and this time he got safely to the other side with the hearse, and managed to get Partlet out of it; but the fox and the other mourners, who were sitting behind, were too heavy, and fell back into the water and were all carried away by the stream and drowned.

Thus Chanticleer was left alone with his dead Partlet; and having dug a grave for her, he laid her in it, and made a little hillock over her. Then he sat down by the grave, and wept and mourned, till at last he died too; and so all were dead.

RAPUNZEL There were once a man and a woman who had long in vain wished for a child. At length the woman hoped that God was about to grant her desire. These people had a little window at the back of their house from which a splendid garden could be seen, which was full of the most beautiful flowers and herbs. It was, however, surrounded by a high wall, and no one dared to go into it because it belonged to an enchantress, who had great power and was dreaded by all the world. One day the woman was standing by this window and looking down into the garden, when she saw a bed which was planted with the most beautiful rampion (rapunzel), and it looked so fresh and green that she longed for it, she quite pined away, and began to look pale and miserable. Then her husband was alarmed, and asked: 'What ails you, dear wife?' 'Ah,' she replied, 'if I can't eat some of the rampion, which is in the garden behind our house, I shall die.' The man, who loved her, thought: 'Sooner than let your wife die, bring her some of the rampion yourself, let it cost what it will.' At twilight, he clambered down over the wall into the garden of the enchantress, hastily clutched a handful of rampion, and took it to his wife. She at once made herself a salad of it, and ate it greedily. It tasted so good to her--so very good, that the next day she longed for it three times as much as before. If he was to have any rest, her husband must once more descend into the garden. In the gloom of evening therefore, he let himself down again; but when he had clambered down the wall he was terribly afraid, for he saw the enchantress standing before him. 'How can you dare,' said she with angry look, 'descend into my garden and steal my rampion like a thief? You shall suffer for it!' 'Ah,' answered he, 'let mercy take the place of justice, I only made up my mind to do it out of necessity. My wife saw your rampion from the window, and felt such a longing for it that she would have died if she had not got some to eat.' Then the enchantress allowed her anger to be softened, and said to him: 'If the case be as you say, I will allow you to take away with you as much rampion as you will, only I make one condition, you must give me the child which your wife will bring into the world; it shall be well treated, and I will care for it like a mother.' The man in his terror consented to everything, and when the woman was brought to bed, the enchantress appeared at once, gave the child the name of Rapunzel, and took it away with her.

Rapunzel grew into the most beautiful child under the sun. When she was twelve years old, the enchantress shut her into a tower, which lay in a forest, and had neither stairs nor door, but quite at the top was a little window. When the enchantress wanted to go in, she placed herself beneath it and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Rapunzel had magnificent long hair, fine as spun gold, and when she heard the voice of the enchantress she unfastened her braided tresses, wound them round one of the hooks of the window above, and then the hair fell twenty ells down, and the enchantress climbed up by it. After a year or two, it came to pass that the king's son rode through the forest and passed by the tower. Then he heard a song, which was so charming that he stood still and listened. This was Rapunzel, who in her solitude passed her time in letting her sweet voice resound. The king's son wanted to climb up to her, and looked for the door of the tower, but none was to be found. He rode home, but the singing had so deeply touched his heart, that every day he went out into the forest and listened to it. Once when he was thus standing behind a tree, he saw that an enchantress came there, and he heard how she cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Then Rapunzel let down the braids of her hair, and the enchantress climbed up to her. 'If that is the ladder by which one mounts, I too will try my fortune,' said he, and the next day when it began to grow dark, he went to the tower and cried: 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let down your hair to me.' Immediately the hair fell down and the king's son climbed up. At first Rapunzel was terribly frightened when a man, such as her eyes had never yet beheld, came to her; but the king's son began to talk to her quite like a friend, and told her that his heart had been so stirred that it had let him have no rest, and he had been forced to see her. Then Rapunzel lost her fear, and when he asked her if she would take him for her husband, and she saw that he was young and handsome, she thought: 'He will love me more than old Dame Gothel does'; and she said yes, and laid her hand in his. She said: 'I will willingly go away with

He escaped with his life. and you will take me on your horse. how it happens that you are so much heavier for me to draw up than the young king's son--he is with me in a moment.' cried the enchantress. and yet you have deceived me!' In her anger she clutched Rapunzel's beautiful tresses. Rapunzel. and when he approached. however. who gazed at him with wicked and venomous looks. the cat has got it. Let down your hair to me. Rapunzel knew him and fell on his neck and wept. lived in wretchedness. with the twins to which she had given birth. And she was so pitiless that she took poor Rapunzel into a desert where she had to live in great grief and misery. and it seemed so familiar to him that he went towards it. and at length came to the desert where Rapunzel.you. Rapunzel is lost to you. Two of her tears wetted his eyes and they grew clear again. Dame Gothel. snap. Thus he roamed about in misery for some years. 'Aha!' she cried mockingly. which she had cut off. to the hook of the window. but instead of finding his dearest Rapunzel.' 'Ah! you wicked child. and in his despair he leapt down from the tower.' The king's son was beside himself with pain. He led her to his kingdom where he was joyfully received. 'What do I hear you say! I thought I had separated you from all the world. and snip. 'you would fetch your dearest. but the beautiful bird sits no longer singing in the nest. but the thorns into which he fell pierced his eyes. happy and contented.' They agreed that until that time he should come to her every evening. but I do not know how to get down. Bring with you a skein of silk every time that you come. and the lovely braids lay on the ground. . Then he wandered quite blind about the forest. wrapped them twice round her left hand. ate nothing but roots and berries. they were cut off. and when the king's son came and cried: 'Rapunzel. The king's son ascended. the enchantress fastened the braids of hair. and he could see with them as before. He heard a voice. you will never see her again. and will scratch out your eyes as well. he found the enchantress. and I will weave a ladder with it.' she let the hair down. The enchantress remarked nothing of this. for the old woman came by day. and did naught but lament and weep over the loss of his dearest wife. a boy and a girl. and they lived for a long time afterwards. and when that is ready I will descend. until once Rapunzel said to her: 'Tell me. seized a pair of scissors with the right. On the same day that she cast out Rapunzel.

But when she came in. and thought to himself: 'You will take him home with you. and went to the beds.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. she would set the kettle full of water. and the two children grew up together. for the mother had fallen asleep under the tree with the child. both the children were gone. old Sanna.' Early next morning the forester got up and went out hunting. snatched it away. and bring him up with your Lina. throw you into it and boil you. And the one.' Then the cook sent three servants after them. Fundevogel and Lina loved each other so dearly that when they did not see each other they were sad. I too will never leave you. The forester climbed up. Then she was terribly alarmed. because a bird had carried it away. Then Lina said to Fundevogel: 'If you will never leave me. and she said that early tomorrow morning when father was out hunting. out to the spring. which he had found on a tree was called Fundevogel. and went away. had flown down. the cook went into the bedroom to fetch Fundevogel and throw him into it. and will boil him in it. and she said that if I would promise not to tell anyone. why are you fetching so much water?' 'If you will never repeat it to anyone. but we will get up quickly. and a bird of prey had seen it in her arms. and set it on the high tree. and at last came to a high tree. and go away together.' He took it home. I will heat the water. When the water in the kettle was boiling. who were to run and overtake the children.' The two children therefore got up. and as he entered it he heard a sound of screaming as if a little child were there. The children. Lina saw this and said. I will throw in Fundevogel. who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water. old Sanna carried so many buckets of water into the house that I asked her why she was doing that. were sitting outside the . dress ourselves. and did not go once only. He followed the sound. Now the forester had an old cook. brought the child down. and when he was gone the children were still in bed. therefore. I will tell you why. 'Listen. she would never repeat it to anyone. and at the top of this a little child was sitting. Last night. but many times. and she said to herself: 'What shall I say now when the forester comes home and sees that the children are gone? They must be followed instantly to get them back again. when the forester is out hunting. however. and then the cook said: 'Early tomorrow morning.FUNDEVOGEL There was once a forester who went into the forest to hunt. no. nor ever will I leave you. and when it is boiling in the kettle. dressed themselves quickly.' Then said Lina: 'Then will I tell you.' So Lina said.

go. however. they had found nothing but a church. came up to them. and do it at once. and if they have not died. and the cook waddling after them.' and they went home and told the cook that they had seen nothing in the forest but a little rose-bush with one rose on it. They said therefore to each other: 'What can we do here. and when she saw the pond she lay down by it. Lina said to Fundevogel: 'Never leave me. he stretched his delicate head out of the window. and when they saw from afar the three servants running.' The cook. Then came a peasant woman down the street crying: 'Good jams.' Said Lina: 'Then do you become a church. and sewed with all his might. and have broken off the rose and brought it home with you. cheap! Good jams. and I the rose upon it. Then the children went home together. and I will never leave you. however.forest. never leave me. and there was a chandelier in it.' Said Lina: 'Be a fishpond. nothing was there but a church. they are living still. with a chandelier in it. you should have cut the rose-bush in two. the cook asked if they had not found them. And the cook scolded them and said: 'You fools! why did you not pull the church to pieces.' So when the three servants came. and went with the three servants in pursuit of the children. saw them coming from a distance. and he made her unpack all the pots for him. and was about to drink it up. nothing was there but a rose-tree and one rose on it. He inspected each one.' They had therefore to go out and look for the second time. saw from afar that the three servants were coming. here you will get rid of your goods. lifted it up. nor ever. put his nose to it. Then said Lina: 'Fundevogel. however. and called: 'Come up here. Then Lina said: 'Fundevogel.' The woman came up the three steps to the tailor with her heavy basket.' Then said Fundevogel: 'Neither now. and I will never leave you. Then said they: 'There is nothing to be done here. let us go home. and .' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now. and I will be the duck upon it. and I'll be the chandelier in it. THE VALIANT LITTLE TAILOR One summer's morning a little tailor was sitting on his table by the window. so they said no.' Fundevogel said: 'Neither now.' Then said Lina: 'Do you become a rose-tree. and there the old witch had to drown. and I will never leave you. and were heartily delighted. Then the old cook scolded and said: 'You simpletons. dear woman. nor ever.' When the three servants came to the forest. seized her head in its beak and drew her into the water. The children. nor ever. and bring the chandelier home with you?' And now the old cook herself got on her legs. But the duck swam quickly to her. The children. he was in good spirits. never leave me. cheap!' This rang pleasantly in the tailor's ears.' When they got home. but the children were nowhere.

and could not help admiring his own bravery. the town!' he continued. It had to go into his pocket with the cheese. he found nothing but an old cheese. he wished to try him first. 'the whole world shall hear of it!' and his heart wagged with joy like a lamb's tail. gave him what he desired.' said he. who understood no German. cut himself a piece right across the loaf and spread the jam over it. Before he went away. there lay before him no fewer than seven. sewed on.at length said: 'The jam seems to me to be good. and when he had reached the highest point of it.' struck it mercilessly on them. and as he was light and nimble. 'and give me health and strength'.' 'Is . however. dead and with legs stretched out. dear woman. he felt no fatigue. and saying: 'Wait. The tailor put on the girdle. 'The whole town shall know of this!' And the little tailor hastened to cut himself a girdle. Nevertheless. 'there may you read what kind of a man I am!' The giant read: 'Seven at one stroke. and said: 'You ragamuffin! You miserable creature!' 'Oh. In front of the door he observed a bird which had caught itself in the thicket. In the meantime the smell of the sweet jam rose to where the flies were sitting in great numbers. and drove the unbidden guests away.' cried the little tailor. and resolved to go forth into the world. 'Now. 'but I will just finish the jacket before I take a bite. When he drew it away and counted. 'Are you a fellow of that sort?' said he. Have you any inclination to go with me?' The giant looked contemptuously at the tailor.' The woman who had hoped to find a good sale. The little tailor went bravely up. and showed the giant the girdle. 'Do that likewise. but came back again in ever-increasing companies. so you are sitting there overlooking the wide-spread world! I am just on my way thither. spoke to him. and said: 'Good day. and took a stone in his hand and squeezed it together so that water dropped out of it. comrade. 'Hi! who invited you?' said the little tailor. and began to feel a little respect for the tiny fellow. and drew a piece of cloth from the hole under his work-table. indeed?' answered the little tailor. and they were attracted and descended on it in hosts. and want to try my luck. would not be turned away. there sat a powerful giant looking peacefully about him. and unbuttoned his coat. and if it is a quarter of a pound that is of no consequence. and embroidered on it in large letters: 'Seven at one stroke!' 'What.' He laid the bread near him. and in his joy. stitched it. however. 'if you have strength. The flies. made bigger and bigger stitches. this jam shall be blessed by God.' and thought that they had been men whom the tailor had killed. because he thought his workshop was too small for his valour. he sought about in the house to see if there was anything which he could take with him. The little tailor at last lost all patience. 'This won't taste bitter.' said the giant. so he brought the bread out of the cupboard. and that he put in his pocket. The road led him up a mountain. Now he took to the road boldly. but went away quite angry and grumbling. so weigh me out four ounces. and I will give it to you.

and as they passed a cherry-tree. Jump as I did. The giant. I will throw you one which shall never come back at all. and the little tailor into the bargain: he behind. and said to the giant: 'You are such a great fellow. and cried: 'Hark you. help me to carry the tree out of the forest.' The giant took the trunk on his shoulder. I shall have to let the tree fall!' The tailor sprang nimbly down.' said the tailor. and when the giant let it go.' said he.' and he put his hand into his pocket. The bird. When he had fallen down again without injury. and said: 'If you are strong enough. come with me into our cavern and spend the night with us. and threw it into the air. and could not believe it of the little man. and followed him. and whistled the song: 'Three tailors rode forth from the gate. and I will raise up the branches and twigs. the giant said: 'What is this? Have you not strength enough to hold the weak twig?' 'There is no lack of strength. do that likewise. if you can do it. brought out the soft cheese. 'Do you think that could be anything to a man who has struck down seven at one blow? I leapt over the tree because the huntsmen are shooting down there in the thicket.' as if carrying the tree were child's play. and remained hanging in the branches. 'You can certainly throw.' The giant made the attempt but he could not get over the tree. bent it down. and pressed it until the liquid ran out of it. little mite of a man. 'Now. 'How does that shot please you. 'that is child's play with us!' and put his hand into his pocket. who could not look round. comrade?' asked the tailor. the giant laid hold of the top of the tree where the ripest fruit was hanging. and bade him eat. 'but after all the stone came down to earth again. after all.' answered the little man.' answered the little tailor. wasn't it?' The giant did not know what to say. But the little tailor was much too weak to hold the tree. flew away and did not come back. seized the tree with both arms as if he had been carrying it.' 'Well thrown.' The little tailor was willing. and the giant. so that in this also the tailor kept the upper hand. it sprang back again. delighted with its liberty.' 'Readily. When they went into the cave. could go no further. was quite merry and happy. had to carry away the whole tree. and the tailor was tossed into the air with it.' He took the little tailor to a mighty oak tree which lay there felled on the ground. Then the giant picked up a stone and threw it so high that the eye could scarcely follow it. 'that was a little better. but the tailor seated himself on a branch. after he had dragged the heavy burden part of the way. rose. gave it into the tailor's hand. took out the bird. other giants were sitting . The giant said: 'If you are such a valiant fellow.that all?' said the tailor. 'Faith.' said the giant. and yet cannot even carry the tree!' They went on together. they are the heaviest. 'but now we will see if you are able to carry anything properly. 'take you the trunk on your shoulders.

not one of us can stand against him. but crept into a corner. and place himself on the royal throne. . When it was midnight. 'What is to be the end of this?' they said among themselves. cut through the bed with one blow. The little tailor went onwards. and each of them had a roasted sheep in his hand and was eating it. they were afraid that he would strike them all dead. he did not lie down in it. were set against the little tailor. and said he was to lie down in it and sleep. After he had walked for a long time. Whilst he lay there. seven of us will fall at every blow. however. he had one request to make to him. The little tailor looked round and thought: 'It is much more spacious here than in my workshop. 'to stay with a man who kills seven at one stroke. and he sent one of his courtiers to the little tailor to offer him military service when he awoke. The ambassador remained standing by the sleeper. and at last found good counsel.' They came therefore to a decision. The giants were terrified. and read on his girdle: 'Seven at one stroke. and thought he had finished off the grasshopper for good. waited until he stretched his limbs and opened his eyes. With the earliest dawn the giants went into the forest.' 'Ah!' said they.' He was therefore honourably received. and then conveyed to him this proposal. the people came and inspected him on all sides.' The giant showed him a bed. however.' the tailor replied. He thought about it for a long time.' said they. for he dreaded lest he should strike him and all his people dead. 'If we quarrel with him. always following his own pointed nose. he lay down on the grass and fell asleep. and a special dwelling was assigned him.there by the fire. he got up. The bed. and would willingly have been rid of him again. took a great iron bar. and had quite forgotten the little tailor. and he strikes about him. 'We are not prepared. 'For this very reason have I come here. He sent to the little tailor and caused him to be informed that as he was a great warrior. when all at once he walked up to them quite merrily and boldly. The soldiers. In a forest of his country lived two giants. and gave it as their opinion that if war should break out. and as he felt weary. betook themselves in a body to the king. he came to the courtyard of a royal palace. this would be a weighty and useful man who ought on no account to be allowed to depart. 'what does the great warrior want here in the midst of peace? He must be a mighty lord. 'I am ready to enter the king's service.' They went and announced him to the king. was too big for the little tailor. and ran away in a great hurry. wished that he had never set eyes on the tailor.' The king was sorry that for the sake of one he should lose all his faithful servants. and the giant thought that the little tailor was lying in a sound sleep. The counsel pleased the king. and wished him a thousand miles away. But he did not venture to give him his dismissal. and begged for their dismissal.

he would give him his only daughter to wife. but at last he awoke. Then the little tailor leapt down. murdering. gathered two pocketsful of stones. and defended themselves with them. but we tailors are nimble. and half of his kingdom as a dowry. likewise one hundred horsemen should go with him to assist him. ravaging. and snored so that the branches waved up and down.' said he. and then went out to the horsemen and said: 'The work is done.' said the other. and sprang up like a madman. They disputed about it for a time. he who can hit seven with one blow has no need to be afraid of two. he slipped down by a branch. 'That is too bad!' cried he. 'That would indeed be a fine thing for a man like me!' thought the little tailor. 'One is not offered a beautiful princess and half a kingdom every day of one's life!' 'Oh. and then the tailor threw a stone down on the second.' He drew out his sword and gave each of them a couple of thrusts in the breast.' The . and said: 'Why are you knocking me?' 'You must be dreaming. and do not require the help of the hundred horsemen to do it. and no one could approach them without putting himself in danger of death. and then let one stone after another fall on the breast of one of the giants. and with these climbed up the tree. The little tailor. who can kill seven at one blow. For a long time the giant felt nothing. not idle. The other paid him back in the same coin.' he replied. I have finished both of them off.' They laid themselves down to sleep again.' The little tailor went forth. 'I am not knocking you.' answered the tailor. picked out the biggest stone.' Then he bounded into the forest and looked about right and left. When he came to the outskirts of the forest. or I should have had to sprint on to another like a squirrel. 'It is a lucky thing.who caused great mischief with their robbing. but all that is to no purpose when a man like myself comes. 'What is the meaning of this?' cried the other 'Why are you pelting me?' 'I am not pelting you. and pushed his companion against the tree until it shook. and the hundred horsemen followed him. until he sat just above the sleepers. 'they have not bent one hair of mine. 'You need not concern yourself about that.' answered the first. but as they were weary they let the matter rest. I alone will soon finish off the giants. pushed his comrade. and they got into such a rage that they tore up trees and belaboured each other so long. 'I will soon subdue the giants. but it was hard work! They tore up trees in their sore need. 'that they did not tear up the tree on which I was sitting. and their eyes closed once more.' 'But are you not wounded?' asked the horsemen. They lay sleeping under a tree. he said to his followers: 'Just stay waiting here. and threw it with all his might on the breast of the first giant. yes. After a while he perceived both giants. The little tailor began his game again. When he was halfway up. and burning. growling. If the tailor conquered and killed these two giants. that at last they both fell down dead on the ground at the same time.

and rode into the forest. is my kind of affair. 'Before you receive my daughter. went to the king. . obliged to keep his promise. there they found the giants swimming in their blood. but the tailor ran round outside and shut the door behind it. it can't be done as quickly as that. whether he liked it or not. 'Now. The unicorn ran against the tree with all its strength. and stuck its horn so fast in the trunk that it had not the strength enough to draw it out again. and out of a tailor a king was made. repented of his promise. it ran on him with foaming mouth and whetted tusks. he. The king still would not give him the promised reward.horsemen would not believe him. He had not long to seek.' said the tailor. The wedding was held with great magnificence and small joy. In the forest roams a unicorn which does great harm. and came out from behind the tree and put the rope round its neck. was caught. 'you must perform one more heroic deed. The hero. When the boar perceived the tailor. however.' said the tailor. Before the wedding the tailor was to catch him a wild boar that made great havoc in the forest. The little tailor demanded of the king the promised reward. and rushed directly on the tailor. and the half of my kingdom. and again bade those who were sent with him to wait outside. and then the raging beast.' 'I fear one unicorn still less than two giants. softly. went forth into the forest. 'Willingly. as if it would gore him with its horn without more ado. Had he known that it was no warlike hero.' said he to him. and the huntsmen should give him their help. 'that is child's play!' He did not take the huntsmen with him into the forest.' He took a rope and an axe with him. it would have gone to his heart still more than it did. and made a third demand. The little tailor called the huntsmen thither that they might see the prisoner with their own eyes. and gave his daughter and the half of his kingdom. but a little tailor who was standing before him. I have got the bird. which was much too heavy and awkward to leap out of the window. who was now.' said he. and then sprang nimbly behind the tree. and in one bound out again. and again bethought himself how he could get rid of the hero. 'Softly. Seven at one blow. and thus it was caught. and then with his axe he hewed the horn out of the tree. and they were well pleased that he did not. and was about to throw him to the ground. The unicorn soon came towards him. The boar ran after him. and when all was ready he led the beast away and took it to the king. and all round about lay the torn-up trees. however. and stood still and waited until the animal was quite close. for the wild boar had several times received them in such a manner that they had no inclination to lie in wait for him. but the hero fled and sprang into a chapel which was near and up to the window at once. and you must catch it first.

and take him on board a ship which shall carry him into the wide world. and am I to fear those who are standing outside the room.After some time the young queen heard her husband say in his dreams at night: 'Boy. HANSEL AND GRETEL Hard by a great forest dwelt a poor wood-cutter with his wife and his two children. and when she thought that he had fallen asleep. 'I will not do that. was friendly with the young lord. you fool!' said she. and patch the pantaloons. and next morning complained of her wrongs to her father. you may as well plane the planks for our .' The woman was satisfied with this. and we shall be rid of them. they were overcome by a great dread. At night he went to bed with his wife at the usual time. and begged him to help her to get rid of her husband. 'then we must all four die of hunger. he could no longer procure even daily bread.' Then she discovered in what state of life the young lord had been born. 'early tomorrow morning we will take the children out into the forest to where it is the thickest. husband. wife. bind him. began to cry out in a clear voice: 'Boy. and none of them would venture anything further against him. but the king's armour-bearer. He had little to bite and to break. who was nothing else but a tailor.' 'O. They will not find the way home again. and once when great dearth fell on the land. 'I'll put a screw into that business. Now when he thought over this by night in his bed. opened the door. who had heard all. The boy was called Hansel and the girl Gretel. there we will light a fire for them.' said the little tailor. I smote seven at one blow. and give each of them one more piece of bread.' answered the woman. how can I bear to leave my children alone in the forest?--the wild animals would soon come and tear them to pieces. she got up.' said the man. and tossed about in his anxiety. or else I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. and informed him of the whole plot. and then lay down again.' When these men heard the tailor speaking thus. and caught a wild boar. and my servants shall stand outside. The king comforted her and said: 'Leave your bedroom door open this night. he groaned and said to his wife: 'What is to become of us? How are we to feed our poor children. or I will rap the yard-measure over your ears. So the little tailor was and remained a king to the end of his life. make me the doublet and patch me the pantaloons. and then we will go to our work and leave them alone. when we no longer have anything even for ourselves?' 'I'll tell you what. make me the doublet.' 'No. The little tailor. I killed two giants. I brought away one unicorn. and when he has fallen asleep shall go in. and ran as if the wild huntsman were behind them. who was only pretending to be asleep.

It was not the axe. When we have done. Hansel stood still and peeped back at the house. and when noon came.' said Hansel.' and he lay down again in his bed. but had been constantly throwing one of the white pebble-stones out of his pocket on the road. and sleep in peace. and wants to say goodbye to me. for you will get nothing else. father. Hansel stooped and stuffed the little pocket of his coat with as many as he could get in.' The wife said: 'Fool. their eyes closed with fatigue. Then they all set out together on the way to the forest. the woman said: 'Now. we will go into the forest and cut some wood. The moon shone brightly. that is the morning sun which is shining on the chimneys. we will come back and fetch you away. Gretel began to cry and . Gretel. which is sitting up on the roof. what are you looking at there and staying behind for? Pay attention. and did so again and again. that is not your little cat. however. put on his little coat. When they had reached the middle of the forest. lay yourselves down by the fire and rest. opened the door below. and when the flames were burning very high. and said to Hansel: 'Now all is over with us. all the same. and they fell fast asleep. dear little sister.' 'Ah. but before the sun had risen.' said the man. and crept outside. but a branch which he had fastened to a withered tree which the wind was blowing backwards and forwards.' Hansel. The two children had also not been able to sleep for hunger.' She gave each a little piece of bread. Gretel wept bitter tears. the woman came and awoke the two children.' and she left him no peace until he consented. saying: 'Get up. 'But I feel very sorry for the poor children. and had heard what their stepmother had said to their father. His father said: 'Hansel.' Hansel and Gretel sat by the fire.' And when the old folks had fallen asleep. the father said: 'Now. children. When day dawned. Then he went back and said to Gretel: 'Be comforted.coffins. he got up. as Hansel had the pebbles in his pocket.' 'Be quiet. had not been looking back at the cat. and do not forget how to use your legs.' Hansel and Gretel gathered brushwood together. as high as a little hill. When they had walked a short time. and said: 'There is something for your dinner. and the white pebbles which lay in front of the house glittered like real silver pennies.' said Hansel.' Gretel took the bread under her apron. it was already dark night. 'I am looking at my little white cat. and as they heard the strokes of the wood-axe they believed that their father was near. children. I will soon find a way to help us. pile up some wood. and I will light a fire that you may not be cold. you sluggards! we are going into the forest to fetch wood. And as they had been sitting such a long time. God will not forsake us. The brushwood was lighted. When at last they awoke. each ate a little piece of bread. 'do not distress yourself. but do not eat it up before then. however.

and by break of day came once more to their father's house. and as he had yielded the first time.' Early in the morning came the woman. we have one half loaf left. Then a great fire was again made. and took the children out of their beds. He who says A must say B. there was once more great dearth throughout the land. 'that is not your little pigeon.said: 'How are we to get out of the forest now?' But Hansel comforted her and said: 'Just wait a little. 'Fool!' said the woman. They knocked at the door.' Hansel. and showed them the way. go to sleep quietly. threw all the crumbs on the path. we will take them farther into the wood. and when you are tired . he had to do so a second time also. and wanted to go out and pick up pebbles as he had done before. Gretel. however.' answered Hansel. the good God will help us. When the old folks were asleep.' And when the full moon had risen. where they had never in their lives been before. why have you slept so long in the forest?--we thought you were never coming back at all!' The father. Nevertheless he comforted his little sister. were still awake and had heard the conversation. she said: 'You naughty children. 'go on. The children must go. but the woman had locked the door. and followed the pebbles which shone like newly-coined silver pieces. and when the woman opened it and saw that it was Hansel and Gretel. and wants to say goodbye to me. there is no other means of saving ourselves!' The man's heart was heavy. and Hansel could not get out.' The woman. and often stood still and threw a morsel on the ground. and then we will soon find the way. you children. rejoiced. The children. but it was still smaller than the time before. would listen to nothing that he had to say. They walked the whole night long. however.' 'I am looking back at my little pigeon which is sitting on the roof. and the mother said: 'Just sit there. why do you stop and look round?' said the father. and he thought: 'It would be better for you to share the last mouthful with your children. and that is the end. Hansel again got up. that is the morning sun that is shining on the chimney. however little by little. Their piece of bread was given to them. so that they will not find their way out again. Hansel took his little sister by the hand. and the children heard their mother saying at night to their father: 'Everything is eaten again. 'Hansel. until the moon has risen. The woman led the children still deeper into the forest. likewise. and said: 'Do not cry. however. On the way into the forest Hansel crumbled his in his pocket. for it had cut him to the heart to leave them behind alone. Not long afterwards. but scolded and reproached him.

' When the moon came they set out. Gretel shared her piece of bread with Hansel. When it was mid-day. we will come and fetch you away. sat down. the wind. but they always came deeper into the forest. and enjoyed herself with it. and when they approached the little house they saw that it was built of bread and covered with cakes. until the moon rises. can eat some of the window. and you Gretel. and Gretel leant against the window and nibbled at the panes. They did not awake until it was dark night. and Gretel pushed out the whole of one round window-pane. they lay down beneath a tree and fell asleep. and then we shall see the crumbs of bread which I have strewn about. they saw a beautiful snow-white bird sitting on a bough. and were very hungry. Suddenly the door opened. It was now three mornings since they had left their father's house. Hansel. They began to walk again. but they found no crumbs. it will taste sweet. tore down a great piece of it.you may sleep a little. And when its song was over. which sang so delightfully that they stood still and listened to it. for the many thousands of birds which fly about in the woods and fields had picked them all up. for they had nothing to eat but two or three berries. The heaven-born wind. Then they fell asleep and evening passed. gnaw. and a woman as old as the hills. Who is nibbling at my little house?' The children answered: 'The wind. Hansel said to Gretel: 'We shall soon find the way.' Hansel reached up above. I will eat a bit of the roof. and if help did not come soon. 'We will set to work on that. who liked the taste of the roof. who had scattered his by the way. They walked the whole night and all the next day too from morning till evening. nibble. And as they were so weary that their legs would carry them no longer. and they followed it until they reached a little house. they will show us our way home again.' but they did not find it. we are going into the forest to cut wood. but no one came to the poor children. and Hansel comforted his little sister and said: 'Just wait. Then a soft voice cried from the parlour: 'Nibble. on the roof of which it alighted. and in the evening when we are done. who . which grew on the ground. but they did not get out of the forest. they must die of hunger and weariness. Gretel.' When it was noon. it spread its wings and flew away before them. and broke off a little of the roof to try how it tasted.' said Hansel. but that the windows were of clear sugar. 'and have a good meal.' and went on eating without disturbing themselves.

When a child fell into her power. how the poor little sister did lament when she had to fetch the water. Then she went to Gretel. nodded her head. and Hansel still remained thin.' she cried. carried him into a little stable. and the old woman. she was already up. she laughed with malice. and that was a feast day with her. and cannot see far. we should at any rate have died together. The old woman had only pretended to be so kind. and was astonished that there was no way of fattening him. and had only built the little house of bread in order to entice them there. Then good food was set before them. could not see it. and cried: 'Get up. Let Hansel be fat or lean. came creeping out.' said the old woman.' 'Just keep your noise to yourself. she was in reality a wicked witch. 'it won't help you at all. and thought it was Hansel's finger. he is in the stable outside. cooked and ate it. 'If the wild beasts in the forest had but devoured us. it would not help him. lazy thing. and stay with me. and locked him in behind a grated door. 'stir yourself. who lay in wait for children. When four weeks had gone by. but they have a keen scent like the beasts. for she was forced to do what the wicked witch commanded. and nuts. shook her till she awoke. Scream as he might. Witches have red eyes. with their plump and rosy cheeks she muttered to herself: 'That will be a dainty mouthful!' Then she seized Hansel with her shrivelled hand. and how her tears did flow down her cheeks! 'Dear God. milk and pancakes.supported herself on crutches. The old woman. and are aware when human beings draw near. and when she saw both of them sleeping and looking so pretty.' She took them both by the hand. then. but it was all in vain. tomorrow I will kill him. No harm shall happen to you. and led them into her little house.' Ah. however. fetch some water. and said: 'Oh. and cook him. 'Now. and cook something good for your brother. and bring some water.' she cried to the girl.' . and Hansel and Gretel lay down in them. And now the best food was cooked for poor Hansel. she was seized with impatience and would not wait any longer.' Hansel. who had dim eyes. who has brought you here? do come in. When he is fat. do help us. they shall not escape me again!' Early in the morning before the children were awake. Gretel. she killed it. and is to be made fat. stretched out a little bone to her. and cried: 'Hansel. Every morning the woman crept to the little stable. Afterwards two pretty little beds were covered with clean white linen. stretch out your finger that I may feel if you will soon be fat. and thought they were in heaven. Hansel and Gretel were so terribly frightened that they let fall what they had in their hands. however. you dear children. I will eat him. but Gretel got nothing but crab-shells. with sugar. apples. and said mockingly: 'I have them.' Gretel began to weep bitterly. When Hansel and Gretel came into her neighbourhood.

and threw themselves round their father's neck. and light the fire. we are saved! The old witch is dead!' Then Hansel sprang like a bird from its cage when the door is opened. too. and kneaded the dough.' said the old woman. was dead. just look. but Gretel ran away and the godless witch was miserably burnt to death.' The duck came to them. and in every corner there stood chests full of pearls and jewels. 'But now we must be off.' 'And there is also no ferry.' said Hansel. and when they were once safely across and had walked for a short time. 'that we may get out of the witch's forest. 'and see if it is properly heated. and no bridge. and at length they saw from afar their father's house. Hansel and Gretel are waiting for thee? There's never a plank. she will help us over. ran like lightning to Hansel.' said Hansel. and then she would eat her. How they did rejoice and embrace each other. 'We cannot cross. too.' answered Gretel.' said the witch. and Gretel said: 'I. 'These are far better than pebbles!' said Hansel.' said the old woman.' Then she cried: 'Little duck. she intended to shut the oven and let her bake in it. and shut the iron door. 'Creep in. 'The door is big enough.' and filled her pinafore full. Gretel . the forest seemed to be more and more familiar to them. But Gretel saw what she had in mind. one after the other. 'We will bake first. and fastened the bolt. The man had not known one happy hour since he had left the children in the forest. the woman. and told his sister to sit by him. Gretel had to go out and hang up the cauldron with the water.' When they had walked for two hours.' And once Gretel was inside. Take us across on thy back so white. 'I see no foot-plank. however. Then Gretel gave her a push that drove her far into it. they went into the witch's house. and dance about and kiss each other! And as they had no longer any need to fear her. will take something home with me. Oh! then she began to howl quite horribly. 'that will be too heavy for the little duck. and cried: 'Hansel. Gretel.' replied Gretel. and Hansel seated himself on its back. 'but a white duck is swimming there: if I ask her. 'I have already heated the oven. they came to a great stretch of water. and said: 'I do not know how I am to do it. I can get in myself!' and she crept up and thrust her head into the oven. Then they began to run. however. so that we can put the bread in. she shall take us across. from which flames of fire were already darting. and thrust into his pockets whatever could be got in. dost thou see. little duck. how do I get in?' 'Silly goose.' The good little duck did so. opened his little stable. 'No. rushed into the parlour.' She pushed poor Gretel out to the oven. or bridge in sight.Early in the morning.

the bird next morning refused to bring in the wood. and ready to be served. and there they were. whosoever catches it. and the mouse put on the pot. and the venture had to be made. Beg and pray as the mouse and the sausage might. and they lived together in perfect happiness. entered into partnership and set up house together. they could sleep their fill till the following morning: and that was really a very delightful life. and salted. to whom he boastfully expatiated on the excellence of his household arrangements. My tale is done. The sausage had only to watch the pot to see that the food was properly cooked. And so it came to pass. AND THE SAUSAGE Once upon a time. and to try some other way of arranging the work. buttered. a mouse. they lived in great comfort. it was of no use. the bird made the fire. THE BIRD. For a long time all went well. they sat down to table. For. and had been a fool into the bargain. and when it was near dinner-time. while the other two stayed at home and had a good time of it. Then all anxiety was at an end. And now what happened? The sausage started in search of wood. THE MOUSE. she could retire into her little room and rest until it was time to set the table. But the . that the bird. and then these two waited till the sausage returned with the fuel for the following day. The bird's duty was to fly daily into the wood and bring in fuel. and when they had finished their meal. and the sausage saw to the cooking. and that it was now time to make a change. telling the others that he had been their servant long enough. and a sausage. or rolled in and out among the vegetables three or four times. the bird remained master of the situation. and prospered so far as to be able to add considerably to their stores. But the other bird sneered at him for being a poor simpleton. he just threw himself into the broth. met a fellow bird. and to the bird to fetch the water. They therefore drew lots. when the mouse had made the fire and fetched in the water. a bird. the mouse fetched the water. may make himself a big fur cap out of it. while out one day. to the mouse to cook. there runs a mouse. who did all the hard work. and Hansel threw one handful after another out of his pocket to add to them.emptied her pinafore until pearls and precious stones ran about the room. and it fell to the sausage to bring in the wood. Influenced by those remarks. When people are too well off they always begin to long for something new. when the bird came home and had laid aside his burden. Then.

he was drowned. Now it chanced one day that some blood fell on to the spindle. having already parted not only with her skin and hair. Then some of the wood that had been carelessly thrown down. and that was the reason his life had been forfeited.sausage remained so long away. Presently the bird came in and wanted to serve up the dinner. and flew sadly home. he threw the wood here and there about the floor. The bird complained to the dog of this bare-faced robbery. but he could nowhere see the cook. She ran home crying to tell of her misfortune. but his pail fell into the well. having met the sausage. and the bird flew out to meet him. and so the other. that they became uneasy. said unkindly. loved the ugly and lazy one best. The mother. she jumped into the pot. however. there to spin until she made her fingers bleed. by rolling in and out among the vegetables to salt and butter them. who was only her stepdaughter. wishing to prepare it in the same way as the sausage. called and searched. because she was her own daughter. the spindle suddenly sprang out of her hand and fell into the well. the other ugly and lazy. but no cook was to be found. caught fire and began to blaze. He picked up the wood. but also with life. but nothing he said was of any avail. but she stopped short long before she reached the bottom.' The girl went back to the well not knowing what to do. had regarded him as his legitimate booty. He had not flown far. however. one of them was beautiful and industrious. and the mouse looked after the food and. In his alarm and flurry. and was quite the Cinderella of the family. was made to do all the work of the house. MOTHER HOLLE Once upon a time there was a widow who had two daughters. but agreed to make the best of things and to remain with one another. and as the girl stopped over the well to wash it off. The bird hastened to fetch some water. and as he was unable to recover himself. when he came across a dog who. but her stepmother spoke harshly to her. Her stepmother sent her out every day to sit by the well in the high road. and so seized and swallowed him. and he after it. for the dog answered that he found false credentials on the sausage. and after giving her a violent scolding. They were both very unhappy. 'As you have let the spindle fall into the well you may go yourself and fetch it out. and at last in . and told the mouse all he had seen and heard. So now the bird set the table.

'Shake me. 'I am pleased that you should want to go back to your own people. that I cannot stay with you any longer. that the girl summoned up courage and agreed to enter into her service. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder. I . and gave her roast and boiled meats every day. and as you have served me so well and faithfully. Then she carefully gathered the apples together in a heap and walked on again. and there she saw an old woman looking out. shake me. The next thing she came to was a little house. so that the feathers fly about. although she was a thousand times better off with Mother Holle than with her mother and sister.' So she shook the tree. 'I am so homesick. with such large teeth. and the apples came falling down upon her like rain. full of sunshine. for I wish you always to shake it thoroughly. But the old woman called after her. we were baked through long ago. She went on a little farther. she went to Mother Holle and said. 'What are you afraid of. then she knew she was homesick. and with countless flowers blooming in every direction. I must return to my own people. one and all. The old woman was as good as her word: she never spoke angrily to her. She walked over the meadow.' Then Mother Holle said. till she came to a free full of apples. She took care to do everything according to the old woman's bidding and every time she made the bed she shook it with all her might. that it is snowing. 'Take us out.her distress she jumped into the water after the spindle. down there in the world.' The old woman spoke so kindly. You must be very careful. and turned to run away. for although I am so happy here. but she became conscious at last of great longing to go home. take us out. She remembered nothing more until she awoke and found herself in a beautiful meadow. dear child? Stay with me. She could not at first tell why she felt sad. are ripe. and the loaves cried out to her. So she stayed on with Mother Holle for some time. for I am Mother Holle.' So she took the bread-shovel and drew them all out. if you will do the work of my house properly for me. however. I will make you very happy. 'my apples. I pray. that she was terrified.' cried the tree. so that the feathers flew about like so many snowflakes. and then she began to grow unhappy. and presently she came upon a baker's oven full of bread. After waiting awhile. to make my bed in the right way. but she continued shaking until there was not a single apple left upon it. then they say.

'Take us out. At last she came to Mother Holle's house.' and passed on. one of the apples might fall on my head. 'Do you think I am going to dirty my hands for you?' and walked on. she began to dawdle over her work. I pray. and exerted herself to please Mother Holle. and jumped in herself. she neglected to . The gate was opened. But she only answered.' it cried. then she began to lie in bed in the mornings and refused to get up. one and all. She related to them all that had happened. lazy daughter to go and try her fortune. But the lazy girl answered. called out: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your golden daughter's come back to you. however. Worse still. we were baked through long ago. The first day she was very obedient and industrious. Presently she came to the apple-tree. and as she was so richly covered with gold. and the gold clung to her. take us out. and engaged herself without delay to the old woman. and the third day she was more idle still. and when the mother heard how she had come by her great riches. so that she was covered with it from head to foot. the cock who was perched on the well. Like her sister she awoke in the beautiful meadow. and the girl pricked her finger and thrust her hand into a thorn-bush. shake me. and as the girl passed through.' Then she went in to her mother and sister. and walked over it till she came to the oven. 'Shake me.will take you home myself. and the girl found herself back in the old world close to her mother's house. for she thought of the gold she should get in return. are ripe. As she entered the courtyard. So she made the sister go and sit by the well and spin. and as she spoke she handed her the spindle which she had dropped into the well. my apples. The next day. The gate was then closed.' Thereupon she led the girl by the hand up to a broad gateway.' cried the loaves as before.' said Mother Holle. so that she might drop some blood on to the spindle. and as she had heard all about the large teeth from her sister. they gave her a warm welcome. she thought she should like her ugly. then she threw it into the well. 'That is a reward for your industry. 'A nice thing to ask me to do. she was not afraid of them. a shower of gold fell upon her. or alas! we shall be burnt to a cinder.

and there was nothing that she would not have given to the child. 'That is in return for your services. try what she would. walk nicely and quietly and do not run off the path. to the broad gateway. half a league from the village. 'The gold will soon be mine. and when you go into her room. take them to your grandmother. Once she gave her a little cap of red velvet.' 'I will take great care. but most of all by her grandmother. instead of the shower of gold. so she was always called 'Little Red-Cap. which suited her so well that she would never wear anything else.' said Little Red-Cap to her mother. The grandmother lived out in the wood. but as she was passing through. So the lazy girl had to go home covered with pitch.make the old woman's bed properly. and told her she might go. LITTLE RED-CAP [LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD] Once upon a time there was a dear little girl who was loved by everyone who looked at her. and gave her hand on it. or you may fall and break the bottle.' Mother Holle led her. and the cock on the well called out as she saw her: 'Cock-a-doodle-doo! Your dirty daughter's come back to you. Red-Cap did not know what a wicked creature he was. and forgot to shake it so that the feathers might fly about.' One day her mother said to her: 'Come. So Mother Holle very soon got tired of her. "Good morning". and don't peep into every corner before you do it. and just as Little Red-Cap entered the wood. don't forget to say. a great bucketful of pitch came pouring over her. Little Red-Cap. and thought to herself. she could not get the pitch off and it stuck to her as long as she lived. and then your grandmother will get nothing.' But. a wolf met her. . and was not at all afraid of him. and she shut the gate.' said the old woman. Set out before it gets hot. and when you are going. as she had led her sister. here is a piece of cake and a bottle of wine. she is ill and weak. and they will do her good. The lazy girl was delighted at this.

'Thank you kindly. and so got deeper and deeper into the wood. It is so early in the day that I shall still get there in good time'. how pretty the flowers are about here--why do you not look round? I believe. you surely must know it. and ran after it.' So he walked for a short time by the side of Little Red-Cap. to make her stronger.' replied Little Red-Cap. and so she ran from the path into the wood to look for flowers. too. wolf. so as to catch both. that you do not hear how sweetly the little birds are singing. 'She is bringing cake and wine. Meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door. while everything else out here in the wood is merry. Little Red-Cap?' 'To my grandmother's.' 'What have you got in your apron?' 'Cake and wine.' replied the wolf. The wolf thought to himself: 'What a tender young creature! what a nice plump mouthful--she will be better to eat than the old woman. her house stands under the three large oak-trees.' said he. open the door.' 'Whither away so early. Little Red-Cap. so poor sick grandmother is to have something good.'Good day. 'Who is there?' 'Little Red-Cap. yesterday was baking-day. Little Red-Cap. And whenever she had picked one. and when she saw the sunbeams dancing here and there through the trees. I must act craftily. Little Red-Cap?' 'A good quarter of a league farther on in the wood. and pretty flowers growing everywhere. you walk gravely along as if you were going to school.' .' 'Where does your grandmother live. and then he said: 'See. she thought: 'Suppose I take grandmother a fresh nosegay. the nut-trees are just below. that would please her too.' Little Red-Cap raised her eyes. she fancied that she saw a still prettier one farther on.

he lay down again in the bed. it occurred to him that the wolf might have .' she said. he saw that the wolf was lying in it. she had such a strange feeling that she said to herself: 'Oh dear! how uneasy I feel today. 'what big ears you have!' 'The better to hear you with. and cannot get up. 'Oh! grandmother.'Lift the latch. 'I am too weak. and devoured her. She was surprised to find the cottage-door standing open. 'I have long sought you!' Then just as he was going to fire at him. 'But.' but received no answer. what a terrible big mouth you have!' 'The better to eat you with!' And scarcely had the wolf said this.' She called out: 'Good morning. When the wolf had appeased his appetite. and when she had gathered so many that she could carry no more. the door sprang open. The huntsman was just passing the house. and without saying a word he went straight to the grandmother's bed. and at other times I like being with grandmother so much. grandmother. fell asleep and began to snore very loud. and set out on the way to her.' was the reply. 'Do I find you here. so she went to the bed and drew back the curtains. grandmother. than with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red-Cap.' So he went into the room. she remembered her grandmother. what large hands you have!' 'The better to hug you with. and thought to himself: 'How the old woman is snoring! I must just see if she wants anything. my dear. had been running about picking flowers. however. and when she went into the room.' called out the grandmother. Then he put on her clothes. grandmother. my child.' 'But. what big eyes you have!' she said. There lay her grandmother with her cap pulled far over her face.' 'Oh! but. you old sinner!' said he. and when he came to the bed. and looking very strange. dressed himself in her cap laid himself in bed and drew the curtains. 'The better to see you with. Little Red-Cap.' The wolf lifted the latch.

but with such a wicked look in his eyes. so the grey-beard stole twice or thrice round the house. and cried: 'Open the door. 'we will shut the door.' Soon afterwards the wolf knocked. and at last stretched out his neck so far that he could no longer keep his footing and began to slip. Then the smell of the sausages reached the wolf. but Red-Cap thought to herself: 'As long as I live. he saw the little Red-Cap shining. and that he had said 'good morning' to her. and when he awoke.' Red-Cap carried until the great trough was quite full. Red-Cap. when my mother has forbidden me to do so. however. and the little girl sprang out. In front of the house was a great stone trough. and was drowned. and after that the aged grandmother came out alive also. and am bringing you some cakes. however. I am Little Red-Cap. or open the door. so she said to the child: 'Take the pail. crying: 'Ah. When he had made two snips. grandmother. quickly fetched great stones with which they filled the wolf's belly. Red-Cap. and tried to entice her from the path. and went straight forward on her way. and then to steal after her and devour her in the darkness. I will never by myself leave the path. 'Well. and told her grandmother that she had met the wolf. but scarcely able to breathe. Red-Cap. . and began to cut open the stomach of the sleeping wolf. the grandmother ate the cake and drank the wine which Red-Cap had brought. was on her guard. and slipped down from the roof straight into the great trough. but the stones were so heavy that he collapsed at once. to run into the wood. and he sniffed and peeped down.devoured the grandmother. so he did not fire. that he may not come in. and revived.' said the grandmother. But Red-Cap went joyously home. The huntsman drew off the wolf's skin and went home with it. how frightened I have been! How dark it was inside the wolf'. and then he made two snips more. Then all three were delighted. another wolf spoke to her.' It also related that once when Red-Cap was again taking cakes to the old grandmother. I made some sausages yesterday. so carry the water in which I boiled them to the trough. that if they had not been on the public road she was certain he would have eaten her up. intending to wait until Red-Cap went home in the evening.' But they did not speak. but took a pair of scissors. he wanted to run away. and fell dead. and no one ever did anything to harm her again. and that she might still be saved. But the grandmother saw what was in his thoughts. and at last jumped on the roof.

he was anxious that she should be well married and provided for. and she could not look at him nor think of him without an inward shudder. but they were all empty. There she saw a lonely house.THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM There was once a miller who had one beautiful daughter. who could not keep her head from shaking. going from room to room of the house.' The girl looked up and saw that the voice came from a bird hanging in a cage on the wall. and still she saw no one. a feeling of dread came over her which she could not explain. and there sat a very. But the girl did not care for the man as a girl ought to care for her betrothed husband. Linger not in this murderers' lair. On reaching the entrance to the forest she found the path strewed with ashes. young maiden fair. throwing down some peas on either side of her at every step she took. She tried to excuse herself by saying that she would not be able to find the way thither. and these she followed. and a great silence reigned throughout. looking so grim and mysterious.' When Sunday came. darkest part of the forest. 'Can you tell me. One day he said to her. 'You have not yet paid me a visit. I have already invited guests for that day. I will strew ashes along the path.' she answered. and that she might be able to find her path again. Linger not in this murderers' lair. turn back. 'if my betrothed husband lives here?' . 'I will give her to the first suitable man who comes and asks for her hand. although we have been betrothed for some time.' asked the girl. She stepped inside. 'You must come and see me next Sunday. but not a soul was to be seen. She walked the whole day until she came to the deepest. and as he appeared to be very rich and the miller could see nothing in him with which to find fault. He said to himself. that it did not please her at all. very old woman. and as she was grown up.' Not long after a suitor appeared. and it was time for the girl to start. Again it cried: 'Turn back. She did not feel that she could trust him. Suddenly a voice cried: 'Turn back.' The girl passed on. she filled her pockets with peas and lentils to sprinkle on the ground as she went along. and that you may not mistake the way. At last she came to the cellar. he betrothed his daughter to him.' he said.' 'I do not know where your house is. young maiden fair. Her betrothed only replied. turn back. 'My house is out there in the dark forest.

'Keep as still as a mouse. You think yourself a promised bride. laid her on a table. she came from behind the cask. and one of yellow. and that your marriage will soon take place. 'Come and eat your suppers. The robber took a light and began looking for it. you would be lost. dragging another young girl along with them. They found the ashes scattered by the wind. The old woman then mixed a sleeping draught with their wine. he took a hatchet and cut off the finger. three glasses full. one of white wine. 'Have you looked behind the large cask?' said one of the others. and they ceased looking for the finger and sat down. and paid no heed to her cries and lamentations. and hastened as fast as they could from the murderers' den. but the finger sprang into the air. They gave her wine to drink. for she saw what a terrible fate had been intended for her by the robbers. so that she passed safely over them. and fell behind the cask into the lap of the girl who was hiding there. But God helped her. opened the door. and cut her beautiful body into pieces. But the old woman called out.' Thereupon the old woman led her behind a large cask. and cook and eat you. I have long been waiting for an opportunity to escape. They were all drunk.'Ah.' answered the old woman. If I did not take pity on you and save you.' The words were hardly out of her mouth when the godless crew returned. one of red. do you see that large cauldron of water which I am obliged to keep on the fire! As soon as they have you in their power they will kill you without mercy. fast asleep and snoring. but the peas and . One of them now noticed a gold ring still remaining on the little finger of the murdered girl. 'do not move or speak. when the robbers are all asleep. The poor betrothed girl crouched trembling and shuddering behind the cask. and let the thing be till tomorrow. and before long they were all lying on the floor of the cellar. and then she and the old woman went upstairs. you poor child. As soon as the girl was assured of this.' said the robbers. and sprinkled salt upon it. we will flee together. who were lying close together. 'what a place for you to come to! This is a murderers' den. She was obliged to step over the bodies of the sleepers. but he could not find it. but it is with death that you will keep your marriage feast. Look.' 'The old woman is right. and with that her heart gave way and she died. for they are eaters of men. and as he could not draw it off easily. or it will be all over with you.' she said. which quite hid her from view. Tonight. and every moment she was filled with renewed dread lest she should awaken them. Then they tore of her dainty clothing. the finger won't run away.

and everything was so grim and mysterious.' 'I will tell you a dream. and it was morning before they reached the mill. you poor child. Linger not in this murderers' lair. but they were all empty. and yellow. They gave her three kinds of wine to drink. who could not keep her head still.' said the bridegroom. your betrothed does indeed live here. 'is there no tale you know? Tell us something. and with that she died. this is only a dream. for the miller had taken care to invite all his friends and relations."' 'My darling. and scarcely had she done this when the robbers returned home.lentils had sprouted. this is only a dream. but a bird that was hanging in a cage on the wall cried: 'Turn back. each guest in turn was asked to tell a tale.' 'My darling. turning to her. the bride sat still and did not say a word. I asked her if my betrothed lived here. white. my love. The day came that had been fixed for the marriage. not a soul could I find within. and grown sufficiently above the ground. 'I went alone through a forest and came at last to a house. then. All night long they walked. red.' 'My darling.' 'Then they tore off her dainty clothing. 'And you.' 'The old woman hid me behind a large cask. but he will kill you without mercy and afterwards cook and eat you. this is only a dream. The bridegroom arrived and also a large company of guests. young maiden fair. dragging a young girl along with them. At last I went down to the cellar. and there sat a very. As they sat at the feast. and she answered.' said the bride. to guide them in the moonlight along the path. very old woman.' and again a second time it said these words. "Ah. this is only a dream.' 'I went on through the house from room to room.' . Then the girl told her father all that had happened.' 'My darling. turn back. and cut her beautiful body into pieces and sprinkled salt upon it. you are come to a murderers' den.

while his wife sat by his side spinning.' Then the woodman laughed. 'I wish I had someone to bring the cart after me. and turning round her wheel. They gave him plenty of food.' And they called him Thomas Thumb. wife. we cannot say we have not got what we wished for. 'if my mother will only harness the horse. and he soon showed himself to be a clever little fellow. as the woodman was getting ready to go into the wood to cut fuel.'And one of the robbers saw that there was a gold ring still left on her finger. he took a hatchet and cut off her finger. 'How lonely it is. I will get into his ear and tell him which way to . Still. They delivered him up to justice. and he and all his murderous band were condemned to death for their wicked deeds. not long afterwards. So they said. sighing. 'how happy should I be if I had but one child! If it were ever so small--nay. who always knew well what he was about. we will love him dearly. the cart shall be in the wood by the time you want it.' said Tom. and love it dearly. but the finger sprang into the air and fell behind the great cask into my lap. for. but was not much bigger than my thumb. 'for you and me to sit here by ourselves.' Now--odd as you may think it--it came to pass that this good woman's wish was fulfilled.' 'Oh. for I want to make haste. he said. father.' said he.' and with these words the bride drew forth the finger and shewed it to the assembled guests. One day. as he puffed out a long curl of smoke. 'How can that be? you cannot reach up to the horse's bridle. but kept just the same size as he had been when he was born. she had a little boy. smoking his pipe by the fireside. 'I will take care of that. who was quite healthy and strong. but the guests seized him and held him fast. 'Well. The bridegroom. little as he is. and as it was difficult to draw off. his eyes were sharp and sparkling. father.' cried Tom. who during this recital had grown deadly pale. without any children to play about and amuse us while other people seem so happy and merry with their children!' 'What you say is very true. if it were no bigger than my thumb--I should be very happy. yet for all they could do he never grew bigger. just in the very way she had wished it.' said the wife. and said. and. And here is the finger with the ring. up and tried to escape.' 'Never mind that. TOM THUMB A poor woodman sat in his cottage one night.

seeing his father. 'we will try for once. 'What an odd thing that is!' said one: 'there is a cart going along.' 'Well. and put him down upon a straw. and said. till at last they came to the place where the woodman was. and they paid the price.' So the man took off his hat. crying out. and carry him about from town to town as a show. 'That little urchin will make our fortune. and did not know what to say for wonder.' said they. that will be a nice gallery for me. 'Oh. 'I'm off! mind and look sharp after me the next time.' But Tom. The two strangers were all this time looking on. and as he sat there the little man told the beast how to go. 'Go on!' and 'Stop!' as he wanted: and thus the horse went on just as well as if the woodman had driven it himself into the wood. It happened that as the horse was going a little too fast. 'Take the money. and put Tom into his ear. I can walk about there and see the country as we go along. 'Where would you like to sit?' said one of them. hearing of the bargain they wanted to make. indeed. and at last it became quite dark.' Then they ran at once to the place. here I am with the cart. if we can get him. and then the little man said. and put him down on a clod of earth. and let them have me. father. Then Tom Thumb. so that they were forced to go their way without their prize.' So they did as he wished. and at last slipped into an old mouse-hole.go. and Tom was calling out. 'my own flesh and blood is dearer to me than all the silver and gold in the world. all right and safe! now take me down!' So his father took hold of the horse with one hand.' So they went up to the woodman.' said the other. and poked the ends of their sticks into the mouse-hole.' 'That is queer. At last one took the other aside. 'Let me get down. Tom only crawled farther and farther in. 'with us than with you. But Tom ran about amongst the furrows. 'let us follow the cart. They journeyed on till it began to be dusky. and asked him what he would take for the little man.' So the woodman at last said he would sell Tom to the strangers for a large piece of gold. in a ploughed field by the side of the road. as .' When the time came the mother harnessed the horse to the cart.' said the father. where he sat as merry as you please. I'll soon come back to you. and I hear a carter talking to the horse. 'See. and when Tom had taken leave of his father they took him away with them. cried out. 'Gently! gently!' two strangers came up. my masters!' said he. father.' said the father. put me on the rim of your hat. but all in vain. 'Good night. I'm tired.' So they went on into the wood. but yet I can see no one. and see where it goes. we must buy him. 'He will be better off.' 'I won't sell him at all. and with the other took his son out of the horse's ear. crept up his father's coat to his shoulder and whispered in his ear.

'Now let us have no more of your roguish jokes. 'The little urchin is only trying to make fools of us. Just as he was falling asleep. and Tom said. Tom had slipped off into the barn. Tom slipped through the window-bars into the room. and throw you out whatever you want. chatting together. but throw us out some of the money.' When they came to the parson's house. having groped about and found nothing. 'You little urchin!' they said.' 'But where are you?' said they. that you may not awaken anybody. Meantime the thieves were frightened. 'I can sleep here very well'. 'I'm sure I heard someone speak.' At last. 'Softly. and one said to the other. frightened.' 'That's a good thought. By the time she came back.' At last the thieves found him out. and at last found a snug place to finish his night's rest in.' said he. he heard two men passing by.' Then Tom called out as loud as he could. The little man crawled about in the hay-loft. and when she had looked about and searched every hole and corner. and hearing a noise she raised herself up in her bed and listened.sulky as could be. meaning to sleep till daylight. and ran to open the door. 'Look about on the ground. saying. 'what can you do for us?' 'Why. he came out of his hiding-place. and lifted him up in their hands. 'Will you have all that is here?' At this the thieves were frightened. 'Very well! hold your hands! here it comes. thinking she must have been dreaming with her eyes open.' answered he. and found nobody. went away for a light. 'and listen where the sound comes from. softly! Speak low. 'How much will you have? Shall I throw it all out?' Now the cook lay in the next room. 'in this ploughed field! If I were to fall from one of these great clods. so he laid himself down. and said. and then find his way home to his father and . she went to bed. and I'll soon show you how to get the parson's money. When Tom found they were gone. The thieves ran off as if a wolf was at their tails: and the maid. 'This is lucky. so she sprang out of bed.' The cook heard this quite plain. 'How can we rob that rich parson's house of his silver and gold?' 'I'll tell you!' cried Tom. 'Take me with you.' But Tom seemed as if he did not understand them. 'What dangerous walking it is. I should undoubtedly break my neck. 'come along. and ran off a little way.' said the thieves. I can get between the iron window-bars of the parson's house. he found a large empty snail-shell.' So they came back and whispered softly to him. and in he crept. and bawled out again. 'What noise was that?' said the thief. but at last they plucked up their hearts. and said.' They stood still listening.' said he. we shall see what you can do. by good luck. and then called out as loud as he could bawl.

and so be crushed to death. a candle would be no bad thing. As soon as she could pick herself up out of the dirt. 'Sir. he went with her into the cow-house. slept on. just as he had made room to get his head out. told his man to kill her on the spot. cold . At last down he went into her stomach. and overset the milk-pail.' Though he made the best of his bad luck. 'My good friend. that he might not get between the cow's teeth. was still not disheartened. and yet being quite sure it was the same voice that she had heard in the night. fast asleep. before daybreak. she was so frightened that she fell off her stool. I can show you a famous treat. 'In such and such a house. Tom. But alas! how woefully he was undone! what crosses and sorrows happen to us all in this world! The cook got up early. and was forced to have all his wits about him. He still. 'Good lack-a-day!' said he. with Tom in it. 'It is rather dark. for the cook had put the hay into the cow's rick. and the space left for him became smaller and smaller. So the cow was killed. however. at one gulp. Scarcely had they set foot on the threshold. and the worst of it was. and hearing someone speak. 'Woman. and going straight to the hay-loft. describing his own father's house.' said he.' 'Where's that?' said the wolf. with the little man in the middle of it. fresh ill-luck befell him. when Tom called out. but seeing nobody. the cow is talking!' But the parson said. and the cow had taken Tom up in a mouthful of it. and did not awake till he found himself in the mouth of the cow. 'how came I to tumble into the mill?' But he soon found out where he really was. beef. 'Don't bring me any more hay!' Then the parson himself was frightened.mother. and ran away. and thinking the wolf would not dislike having some chat with him as he was going along. carried away a large bundle of hay. which was not a very easy task. thou art surely mad!' However.' said Tom. and said. in which Tom lay. and swallowed up the whole stomach. and the stomach. to feed the cows. ham. 'You can crawl through the drain into the kitchen and then into the pantry. was thrown out upon a dunghill. that more and more hay was always coming down. At last he cried out as loud as he could. 'they forgot to build windows in this room to let the sun in. he called out. sir. however. to try and see what was the matter. he did not like his quarters at all. Tom soon set himself to work to get out. 'Don't bring me any more hay! Don't bring me any more hay!' The maid happened to be just then milking the cow. and thinking the cow was surely bewitched. A hungry wolf sprang out. but at last. and there you will find cakes. she ran off as fast as she could to her master the parson. and cut up.

' Tom heard all this. apple-dumplings.chicken. Then he aimed a great blow. 'Will you be easy?' said the wolf.' 'Well. and set Tommy free.' answered he.' And his father said. there's no place like HOME! .' Then they hugged and kissed their dear little son.' said they.' The wolf did not want to be asked twice. and the woodman ran for his axe. 'Father. and we will not sell you again for all the riches in the world. safe and sound. This was just what Tom had reckoned upon. being awakened by the noise. and now he began to set up a great shout. 'and when I have knocked him on the head you must rip him up with the scythe. but when they saw a wolf was there. I think. and then into the pantry. So Master Thumb stayed at home with his father and mother. singing and shouting as loud as he could. in peace. and he told his wife not to use the scythe for fear she should hurt him. 'I have been in a mouse-hole--and in a snail-shell--and down a cow's throat--and in the wolf's belly. 'you'll awaken everybody in the house if you make such a clatter. 'Heaven be praised! we have found our dear child again'. 'you are come back. and he began. and yet here I am again.' 'Why. and gave him plenty to eat and drink. and struck the wolf on the head. and killed him on the spot! and when he was dead they cut open his body. 'Ah!' said the father. so that very night he went to the house and crawled through the drain into the kitchen. for his old ones had been quite spoiled on his journey. making all the noise he could. and cried out. and everything that your heart can wish. and ate and drank there to his heart's content. he always agreed that. 'Do you stay behind. and had done and seen so many fine things. roast pig. now I've a mind to be merry myself'. where have you been?' said his father. 'what fears we have had for you!' 'Yes.' 'What's that to me?' said the little man. father! I am here. 'I have travelled all over the world. The woodman and his wife. father. As soon as he had had enough he wanted to get away. since we parted. after all.' said the woodman. but he had eaten so much that he could not go out by the same way he came in. 'you have had your frolic. and now I am very glad to come home and get fresh air again. and then they fetched new clothes for him. you may well suppose that they were sadly frightened. and was fond enough of telling the whole story. the wolf has swallowed me. for though he had been so great a traveller. peeped through a crack in the door. in one way or other. for he was very hungry. and gave his wife a scythe.

'What will you give me to do your task?' 'The ring on my finger. had a very beautiful daughter. the work was quickly done. and the miller. and I know not how. but his heart grew still more greedy of gain. you must know. Lo and behold! Reel away. and she was left alone. and began to bewail her hard fate. and said. moreover. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. and he sent for the girl to be brought before him. 'Good morrow to you. She was. and sat himself down to the wheel. who used to come and hunt in the wood. what are you weeping for?' 'Alas!' said she. Then she knew not what to do. Now this king was very fond of money. and said. So her little friend took the ring. and began to work at the wheel again. He took her at her word. and gave her a spinning-wheel. that he one day told the king of the land. reel away. Then he led her to a chamber in his palace where there was a great heap of straw. for that she could do no such thing as spin straw into gold: the chamber door was locked. very shrewd and clever. that his daughter could spin gold out of straw. 'I must spin this straw into gold. 'to do it for you?' 'My necklace. 'All this must be spun into gold before morning. but the dwarf soon opened the door. and sat down once more to weep. and a droll-looking little man hobbled in. and upon the stream there stood a mill. and the straw was all spun into gold.' said the hobgoblin.RUMPELSTILTSKIN By the side of a wood. The miller's house was close by. and when he heard the miller's boast his greediness was raised.' It was in vain that the poor maiden said that it was only a silly boast of her father. and said. reel away. in a country a long way off. When the king came and saw this. and whistled and sang: 'Round about. my good lass.' replied the maiden.' 'What will you give me.' said she. and he shut up the poor miller's daughter again with a fresh task. round about. when on a sudden the door opened. as you love your life. he was greatly astonished and pleased. Lo and behold! Reel away. Straw into gold!' And round about the wheel went merrily. and the miller was so proud of her. round about. ran a fine stream of water. She sat down in one corner of the room. .

The king came in the morning. and she really became queen. and she sent messengers all over the land to find out new ones. The king was greatly delighted to see all this glittering treasure. 'What will you give me to spin gold for you this third time?' 'I have nothing left. that is not my name. The next day the little man came. was forced to keep his word. BENJAMIN. HUNCHBACK. and if during that time you tell me my name.' The second day she began with all the comical names she could hear of. Then she grieved sorely at her misfortune. Round went the wheel again to the old song.' The third day one of the messengers came back. and said she would give him all the wealth of the kingdom if he would let her off. thinking of all the odd names that she had ever heard. But one day he came into her room. and said. JEREMIAH. and. and what she had said. CROOK-SHANKS. but the little gentleman still said to every one of them.' said the little man. and so on. she said she would do what he asked. but in vain. but yesterday. where she was sitting playing with her baby. and if it is. BANDY-LEGS. At the birth of her first little child she was very glad. you shall keep your child. and before the hut burnt a fire. as I was climbing a high hill. 'I have travelled two days without hearing of any other names.' 'That may never be. 'All this must be spun tonight.' thought the miller's daughter: and as she knew no other way to get her task done. and the manikin once more spun the heap into gold. . and he said. among the trees of the forest where the fox and the hare bid each other good night. and put her in mind of it.' Now the queen lay awake all night. 'Madam. but to all and each of them he said. 'I will give you three days' grace. ICHABOD. 'the first little child that you may have when you are queen. and she began with TIMOTHY. and singing: '"Merrily the feast I'll make.Straw into gold!' till. finding all he wanted. long before morning. 'Then say you will give me. and said. and all the names she could remember. you shall be my queen. so he married the miller's daughter.' said she.' As soon as she was alone that dwarf came in. till at last her tears softened him. all was done again. that is not my name. and round about the fire a funny little dwarf was dancing upon one leg. but still he had not enough: so he took the miller's daughter to a yet larger heap. and forgot the dwarf. and said. 'Madam. I saw a little hut.

master.' 'Can your name be RUMPELSTILTSKIN?' said the lady slyly. 'Now. scalded them. what is my name?' 'Is it JOHN?' asked she. and as soon as her little friend came she sat down upon her throne. that they might roast. and said. in her gladness of heart. a draught of wine. to take home with him to his hut in the woods. Then the little man began to chuckle at the thought of having the poor child.' 'I will see to it. and the nurse stood by her side with the baby in her arms. while the nurse laughed and the baby crowed. and dashed his right foot in a rage so deep into the floor. and called all her court round to enjoy the fun. as if it was quite ready to be given up. Mr RUMPLESTILTSKIN!' CLEVER GRETEL There was once a cook named Gretel. she turned herself this way and that. she tasted the best of whatever she was cooking until she was satisfied. and when she walked out with them on.' It came to pass that the master one day said to her: 'Gretel. but the guest had not yet arrived. and as wine excites a desire to eat. that he was forced to lay hold of it with both hands to pull it out. The fowls began to turn brown. but it will be a sin and a shame if they are not eaten the moment they are at their juiciest. plucked them. and towards evening set them before the fire. I must take the fowls away from the fire. 'We wish you a very good morning. For next day will a stranger bring. and all the court jeered at him for having had so much trouble for nothing. She killed two fowls. 'No. lady. and were nearly ready. Little does my lady dream Rumpelstiltskin is my name!"' When the queen heard this she jumped for joy. Then Gretel called out to her master: 'If the guest does not come. was quite happy and thought: 'You certainly are a pretty girl!' And when she came home she drank. madam!' 'Is it JEMMY?' 'It is not. madam!' 'Is it TOM?' 'No. who wore shoes with red heels. there is a guest coming this evening. and said: 'The cook must know what the food is like.' The master said: 'I will run .Today I'll brew. 'Some witch told you that!--some witch told you that!' cried the little man. prepare me two fowls very daintily. Then he made the best of his way off. Merrily I'll dance and sing. and he cried out.' answered Gretel. put them on the spit. tomorrow bake. and a merry feast.

and took the great knife. to see if the master was not coming with his guest. basted them. he certainly did ask you to supper. wherewith he was going to carve the chickens. and when she saw the guest. and took yet another hearty draught. Gretel. and sharpened it on the steps. said: 'God bless it for you.' So she took another hearty drink. and fetch the guest. and thought: 'Standing so long by the fire there. when it is eaten you will have some peace. it ought to be tasted!' She touched it with her finger.myself. why should God's good gifts be spoilt?' So she ran into the cellar again. the other should be likewise. Gretel. Gretel thought: 'Something might be wrong. Gretel ran. sir. the guest is coming directly after me!' 'Yes. and went back to the fowls and thought: 'One of the wings is burning! I had better take it off and eat it.' and took a good drink. and when she had done. Gretel laid the spit with the fowls on one side. It suddenly occurred to her: 'Who knows? They are perhaps not coming at all.' Then she said: 'Well. Gretel? What do you mean by . and drove the spit merrily round.' answered Gretel. and knocked politely and courteously at the house-door. When one of the chickens was swallowed down. and enjoyed it. and eat it up entirely. if my master catches you it will be the worse for you. and still her master did not come. the two go together. I think if I were to take another draught it would do me no harm.' She ran down. one fowl has been cut into. and have turned in somewhere. take another drink. I will soon serve up. and said: 'Ah! how good fowls are! It certainly is a sin and a shame that they are not eaten at the right time!' She ran to the window. While she was making the most of it. she put her finger to her lips and said: 'Hush! hush! go away as quickly as you can. she thought: 'The other must go down too.' When the master had turned his back. and looked to see who was there. Just listen how he is sharpening the knife for it!' The guest heard the sharpening. took an enormous drink and ate up the one chicken in great glee. and cried: 'You have invited a fine guest!' 'Why. Gretel looked at the other and said: 'What one is. makes one sweat and thirsty. ate it. what's right for the one is right for the other. enjoy yourself. But as the roast meat smelt so good. or else master will observe that something is missing. her master came and cried: 'Hurry up. and should not be interrupted. Gretel was not idle. and hurried down the steps again as fast as he could. and thought that wine should flow on. who knows when they will come? Meanwhile. she ran screaming to her master. Presently the guest came. and take a drink. she went and looked for her master.' So she cut it off. set a jug. and did not see him. but his intention is to cut off your two ears. Gretel. but she saw no one.' When the two wings were eaten. Meantime the master looked to see what the table was properly laid. I will run into the cellar. Then she went and put the fowls down again to the fire. and let the second chicken follow the first.

Once. and likewise said nothing if he did spill a little of anything. so that something remained for me to eat. in order to take them both with him. and not take both. Then they brought him a wooden bowl for a few half-pence. however. 'for father and mother to eat out of when I am big. just one. and spilt the broth upon the table-cloth or let it run out of his mouth. crying: 'Just one.' The man and his wife looked at each other for a while. too. off the dish. THE OLD MAN AND HIS GRANDSON There was once a very old man. and when he sat at table he could hardly hold the spoon. 'What are you doing there?' asked the father. his knees trembled. out of which he had to eat. 'If he had but left me one. Then they took the old grandfather to the table. and just one poor one. whom they called the little peasant.' answered the child. and lamented the fine chickens. They were once sitting thus when the little grandson of four years old began to gather together some bits of wood upon the ground. but the guest pretended not to hear.' said she. and still less money to buy one. his ears dull of hearing. and they gave him his food in an earthenware bowl. He had not even so much as a cow.' meaning that the guest should leave him just one chicken. whose eyes had become dim. thought no otherwise than that he was to give up one of his ears. and it fell to the ground and broke. The young wife scolded him. THE LITTLE PEASANT There was a certain village wherein no one lived but really rich peasants. and not even enough of it. The guest.that?' 'Yes. his trembling hands could not hold the bowl. so the old grandfather at last had to sit in the corner behind the stove. but he said nothing and only sighed. His son and his son's wife were disgusted at this. and . 'he has taken the chickens which I was just going to serve up. and ran as if fire were burning under him. And he used to look towards the table with his eyes full of tears. and presently began to cry. Then he ran after him with the knife still in his hand. 'I am making a little trough. and has run away with them!' 'That's a nice trick!' said her master.' He called to him to stop. and henceforth always let him eat with them.

and waited for his little calf. he shall make us a wooden calf. I don't care to drag you home again in my arms. who for his carelessness condemned him to give the peasant a cow for the calf which had run away. and there sat a raven with broken wings. and said to the peasant: 'Lay yourself on the straw there. so that it looks like any other.' The peasant listened. and lay down with his skin beside him. . and turned back to the mill and begged for shelter.' The cow-herd said: 'All right. and when the cow-herd drove the cows through the village. and they were heartily glad. and it was gone. The cow-herd answered: 'It is still standing out there eating. Then the woman served up four different things. so that he might buy a new calf with the proceeds.' In the meantime came the parson. so it soon had to be killed. I have a little calf there. the little peasant called the cow-herd in and said: 'Look. I have a good idea.' and took it in his arms and carried it to the pasture. and out of pity he took him and wrapped him in the skin. The little calf always remained standing like one which was eating. the miller's wife received him well. And now the little peasant and his wife had the cow for which they had so long wished. he could go no farther. and the peasant went into the town and wanted to sell the skin there. said: 'Don't tell me that. and the woman thought: 'He is tired and has gone to sleep. but I must have my beast back again. and made it with its head hanging down as if it were eating. and their gossip the carpenter cut and planed the calf. however. but they had no food for it. you can also go on your four legs. But as the weather grew so bad and there was a storm of rain and wind. One day he said to her: 'Listen. and paint it brown.yet he and his wife did so wish to have one. and in time it will certainly get big and be a cow. just look how it eats already!' At night when he was going to drive the herd home again. The cow-herd said: 'It must have run away. The peasant ate it.' But the little peasant said: 'Oh. roast meat. and painted it as it ought to be.' and led the cow-herd before the mayor. It would not stop and come with us. but it is still small and has to be carried. and when he heard them talk about feasting he was vexed that he had been forced to make shift with a slice of bread and cheese. and could give it nothing to eat. he said to the calf: 'If you can stand there and eat your fill. there is our gossip the carpenter.' Then they went back to the meadow together. Next morning when the cows were being driven out. salad. and the calf was missing. and wine. and the cow-herd said: 'It will soon run by itself.' the woman also liked the idea.' and gave him a slice of bread and cheese. so we will have a feast. cakes. and set it among the grass. They salted the flesh. The miller's wife was alone in the house. but someone had stolen the calf.' The peasant. On the way he passed by a mill. he inquired where it was. and said: 'My husband is out.' But the little peasant stood at his door.

'Now go on.' 'Can he foretell anything to me?' said the miller. so I gave him a bit of bread and cheese. and said: 'In the second place.' 'I am contented with anything. and asked. for the fifth is something bad.' The miller saw the peasant lying on the straw. and looked there. and found the roast meat. and went to bed and took all the keys with her. he says that there are some cakes under the bed.' and looked at the peasant and said: 'Come and eat some more with me. The miller asked: 'What did he say?' The peasant replied: 'He says that the Devil is hiding outside there in . he says that there is some roast meat in the tiled stove. The miller would have liked much to know the fifth.' replied the husband. we will quickly eat the four things. lying on the ground. there was a knocking outside.' So they ate.' 'Upon my word!' cried the miller. but be quick and get me something to eat. he says that there is some wine hidden under the pillow. and the fifth he keeps to himself.Just as they were about to sit down and eat. The peasant made the raven prophesy still more. until they agreed on three hundred talers. and said: 'Thank heaven. and said: 'Let him foretell something for once. and showed him where the straw was. 'What is that fellow doing there?' 'Ah. 'so far as I am concerned.' 'Bless me!' cried the miller. and begged for shelter. he says that there is some salad on the bed.' said the wife. bread and cheese will do. krr.' The peasant did not require to be invited twice. and asked: 'What have you there?' The peasant answered: 'I have a soothsayer inside it. Then the peasant once more pinched the raven's head till he croaked loudly.' The man said: 'I have no objection. and said: 'Thirdly.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. After this the miller saw the skin in which the raven was. 'the poor knave came in the storm and rain. but the little peasant said: 'First. heavens! It is my husband!' she quickly hid the roast meat inside the tiled stove. Then she opened the door for her husband.' Then the peasant pinched the raven's head. but got up and ate. it looks as if the world were coming to an end. At last the peasant pinched the raven once more till he croaked. and after that they bargained how much the miller was to give for the fifth prophecy. the wine under the pillow. so that he croaked and made a noise like krr.' The miller was curious. and the parson in the closet on the porch.' The woman said: 'But I have nothing but bread and cheese. and said: 'Fourthly. and went there and found the wine.' said he.' 'That would be a fine thing!' cried the miller. and went thither. you are back again! There is such a storm. And now the two sat down to the table together. The woman said: 'Oh. the salad on the bed. and went there and found the salad. the cakes under it. The miller said: 'What did he say?' The peasant answered: 'In the first place. The peasant made the raven croak again. 'Why not?' answered the peasant: 'but he only says four things. but the miller's wife was frightened to death. and found the cakes.

set me free from the barrel. but first you shall look about you a little down below . so he cried with all his might: 'No. and bidden to say from whence his wealth came. for three hundred talers. When the barrel began to roll.' The miller said: 'The Devil must go out. and said: 'What can I do with all these skins?' Then the peasants were vexed that the small peasant should have thus outwitted them. in a barrel pierced full of holes. he built a beautiful house. He answered: 'I sold my cow's skin in the town. with a flock of sheep. and asked: 'What are you about? What is it that you will not do?' The peasant said: 'They want to make me mayor. and the peasants said: 'The small peasant has certainly been to the place where golden snow falls. then he took the shepherd's flock for himself. and people carry the gold home in shovels. I would get into the barrel at once. killed all their cows. and the peasant shut the top down on him. and a priest was brought who was to say a mass for his soul. The parson ran out as fast as he could.' and opened the house-door.' When she came to the merchant in the town. He was led forth. they too wished to enjoy this great profit. and the peasant unlocked the closet. and accused him of this treachery before the major.the closet on the porch. and stripped off their skins in order to sell them in the town to the greatest advantage. wanted to take vengeance on him. you will be mayor. The innocent little peasant was unanimously sentenced to death.' When the peasants heard that.' The shepherd said: 'If nothing more than that is needful in order to be mayor. made off next morning by daybreak with the three hundred talers.' They believed no otherwise than that it was the peasant who was saying this. He said to him: 'I set you free from the closet. and got in.' Then the small peasant was brought before the mayor. he did not give them so much.' The peasant said: 'If you will get in. however. The others were all obliged to retire to a distance. The parson went to the crowd. I saw the black rascal with my own eyes. if I will but put myself in the barrel. and drove it away. the very shepherd whom the peasant knew had long been wishing to be mayor. and the miller said: 'It was true. I will not do it!' The shepherd hearing that. if the whole world insists on it. Then they came and rolled the barrel towards the water.' At this same moment up came. then the woman was forced to give up the keys. however. he recognized the man who had been with the miller's wife. he did not give her more than two talers for a skin. the shepherd cried: 'I am quite willing to be mayor. and was to be rolled into the water. came up to him. At home the small peasant gradually launched out. said: 'But my servant must go first. and answered: 'That is what we intend. I will not do it.' The peasant. and declared that the mass had been said. and when the peasant looked at the priest.' The shepherd was willing. and ran home. The mayor. and when the others came. but I will not do it.

and was making off with it. and a good draught of ale. The beer ran into the jug and Catherine stood looking on. and Catherine stood by with a fork and turned it: then she said to herself. a flock apiece. Catherine took a nice steak. yes. 'it shall all be ready. but the mayor said: 'I come first. FREDERICK AND CATHERINE There was once a man called Frederick: he had a wife whose name was Catherine.' So he jumped in.' replied the peasant. splash! went the water. 'The steak is almost ready. The steak soon began to look brown.' said she. 'I sank deep. and to crackle in the pan. 'The dog is not shut up--he may be running away with the steak. and just then there were some of the small fleecy clouds in the blue sky. 'more than I could want. One day Frederick said. truly. After that the peasants went home. driving a flock of sheep and looking quite contented. it sounded as if he were calling them. became a rich man.' So she left the pan on the fire and took a large jug and went into the cellar and tapped the ale cask.' Said the peasants: 'Are there any more there?' 'Oh. from whence do you come? Have you come out of the water?' 'Yes.' 'Very well. Away ran Catherine. and they were reflected in the water. and put it on the fire to fry.' When dinner-time drew nigh. and the whole crowd plunged in after him as one man. the small peasant also came quietly in.' So they went to the water together. and away ran the dog across the field: but he ran . whereupon the peasants cried: 'We already see the sheep down below!' The mayor pressed forward and said: 'I will go down first. and they had not long been married. that's well thought of. and look about me. which are called little lambs. and there were pretty meadows on which a number of lambs were feeding.' said he.' So up she ran from the cellar. and from thence I brought this flock away with me. 'Kate! I am going to work in the fields. and as they were entering the village.there. until at last I got to the bottom. Then the entire village was dead. when I come back I shall be hungry so let me have something nice cooked. At last it popped into her head. and crept out. I may as well go to the cellar for the ale. and said: 'Peasant.' Then the peasants made up their minds that they too would fetch some sheep for themselves. I pushed the bottom out of the barrel. and the small peasant.' and they rolled the barrel down into the water. which was all the meat she had. deep down. and if things promise well I'll call you. as sole heir. and sure enough the rascally cur had got the steak in his mouth. Then the peasants were astonished.

'I have bought all these with your yellow . and as she had run a good way and was tired. for Catherine had not turned the cock. 'What a lucky thing. and "what can't be cured must be endured". 'Ah! well. I might deal with you.faster than she. and that if she sprinkled this over the floor it would suck up the ale nicely. I should like to buy very much. 'I did not know I was doing wrong. 'what shall I do to keep Frederick from seeing all this slopping about?' So she thought a while. and said. the ale ran out. and at last remembered that there was a sack of fine meal bought at the last fair. Frederick.' The husband thought to himself. she walked home leisurely to cool herself.' So the rogues went: and when they found what these yellow buttons were. and looks so clean!' 'Kate. and then spoil all the meal?' 'Why. 'What pretty yellow buttons these are! I shall put them into a box and bury them in the garden. and when I went to dry up the ale with the sack of meal that we got at the fair. 'that I never will. there came by some pedlars with earthenware plates and dishes. but I have no money: if you had any use for yellow buttons. Then she set them all about the house for a show: and when Frederick came back. 'how could you do all this?' Why did you leave the steak to fry. Now all this time the ale was running too.' said she. 'when one goes another may as well follow. 'My stars!' said she. 'How very neat and clean it looks!' At noon Frederick came home.' So away she went for it: but she managed to set it down just upon the great jug full of beer. So she turned round. 'Now.' said she. I must look sharp myself. and while I ran after him.' 'No. Kate. 'Oh dear me.' said she. but take care that you never go near or meddle with them.' cried he.' said she. and the ale to run. wife. and was quite pleased with her cleverness. 'what have you for dinner?' 'O Frederick!' answered she. the dog ran away with it. and when the jug was full the liquor ran upon the floor till the cask was empty.' Then she strewed the meal all about the cellar. he cried out. I upset the jug: but the cellar is now quite dry. and upset it. but while I went down to draw the ale. and stuck close to the steak.' said Catherine.' said he. 'Kate. and thus all the ale that had been saved was set swimming on the floor also. 'that we kept that meal! we have now a good use for it. 'If my wife manages matters thus. you should have told me before.' 'Yellow buttons!' said they: 'let us have a look at them. 'I was cooking you a steak.' Now he had a good deal of gold in the house: so he said to Catherine. and they asked her whether she would buy.' said she.' 'Go into the garden and dig where I tell you. When she got to the cellar stairs she saw what had happened. and left her plenty of plates and dishes. they took them all away. what have you been doing?' 'See.' As soon as he was gone. and you will find the yellow buttons: I dare not go myself. Frederick. 'It's all gone.

Catherine looked. so she said. they will never get well. and at last said to her husband. I hope you locked the door safe when you came away.' answered he. 'Oh!' answered she.' 'What a goose you are to do such silly things!' said the husband. 'I used the butter to grease those poor trees that the wheels chafed so: and one of the cheeses ran away so I sent the other after it to find it. and away it went.' 'Then go home. and do it now before we go any farther. so that the wheels might not hurt them so much.' 'Well. he has younger legs than I have. Frederick. and she could not stay there all day waiting for them. 'Hark ye. While she was doing this kind office one of her cheeses fell out of the basket. and they set out: and as Frederick walked the fastest. that we may have something to eat by the way. and I suppose they are both on the road together somewhere. 'you did not tell me.' Catherine did as he told her. 'Well. 'I did not know there was any harm in it. and thought to herself by the way. 'and bring with you something to eat. 'Where are the butter and cheese?' said he. and the vinegar.buttons: but I did not touch them myself.' said she. At last she overtook Frederick. 'how they have bruised and wounded those poor trees. I suppose the other will go the same way and find you. you should have told me.' answered she. and rolled down the hill. 'but take some butter and cheese with you. I shall be so much nearer home than he. down the hill. who desired her to give him something to eat. but I don't think he is very fond of butter and cheese: I'll bring him a bag of fine nuts. down the side of which there was a road so narrow that the cart wheels always chafed the trees on each side as they passed. wife.' . 'How can you say so?' said she. for I have often seen him take some.' 'No.' said Frederick.' They ate the dry bread together. but could not see where it had gone.' 'Wife. and would follow her. 'Kate. nobody knows where. Then she gave him the dry bread.' Catherine stood musing for a while.' Presently she came to the top of a hill. the pedlars went themselves and dug them up. see now. 'Ah. 'I am sure you never told me not.' Then she rolled the other cheese after it.' answered she. 'It does not matter.' 'Very well. he left his wife some way behind. and Frederick said.' thought she: 'when we turn back.' said Frederick. But she said she supposed that they knew the road. we will try. and made use of the butter to grease them all.' said she. 'Frederick wants something to eat.' So she took pity on them. 'what a pretty piece of work you have made! those yellow buttons were all my money: how came you to do such a thing?' 'Why. we will soon get the gold back: let us run after the thieves.

'What a heavy dew there is!' At last it popped into Catherine's head that it was the door itself that was so heavy all the time: so she whispered. as you have brought the door. Catherine thought the door was still very heavy: so she whispered to Frederick. 'I must throw the vinegar down. They were in truth great rascals. and picked up some stones. who had the door on her shoulder. and belonged to that class of people who find things before they are lost. 'There. I must throw the door down soon. make haste and throw them down. so that everybody may go in and out as they please--however. that they cried out 'Murder!' and not knowing what was coming. so they sat down and made a fire under the very tree where Frederick and Catherine were. and said.' Then away rattled the nuts down among the boughs and one of the thieves cried. then. ran away as fast as they . and they set off into the wood to look for the thieves. I must let the nuts go. I'll fasten them to the door. 'it will discover us.' Catherine. so if you please.' 'I can't help that.' said she. began to be very tired. 'I'll carry the door.' 'Very well.' answered he. 'go it must.' 'No.' 'I can't help that: they must go. you may watch it as carefully as you please. 'It must be near morning.' So she poured all the vinegar down. 'Here goes. for he was sure it would betray them. 'Frederick. 'what a clever wife I have! I sent you to make the house fast.' answered he.' But he begged and prayed her not to do so. 'Frederick. but surely it can nowhere be so safe if I take it with me. if you will. 'Bless me. 'not now. and you take the door away.' 'Well. than who should come by but the very rogues they were looking for. but she thought it was the nuts upon it that were so heavy: so she said softly. Scarcely were they up. she bolted the back door. Frederick.' 'Pray don't.When she reached home. they will discover us. however. Frederick slipped down on the other side. they were tired. 'Frederick told me to lock the door. but they could not find them: and when it grew dark.' answered she.' Frederick of course made no objection to that plan.' A little while after. you shall carry it about with you for your pains. for the wind shakes the fir-apples down. and tried to hit the thieves on the head with them: but they only said. and the thieves said. but the front door she took off the hinges. they climbed up into a tree to spend the night there. and when she overtook her husband she cried out.' So she took her time by the way.' said she: and down went the door with such a clatter upon the thieves. it is hailing.' 'Alas! alas!' said he. but I'll not carry the nuts and vinegar bottle also--that would be too much of a load. there is the door itself. Then he climbed up again.

'I counsel you first to take away her magic wand.could. and took for herself the place at the back. the girl got up and went to her sweetheart. 'Be quiet. Then she cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Ah. I am warming myself. She went into the kitchen. All day long she dared not go out of doors. When daylight comes. on the stairs. and heard everything. so as to lie at the far side. she said to him: 'Listen. and when bedtime had come. my stepmother wanted to kill me. In the night.' It would have been all over with the poor girl if she had not just then been standing in a corner.' said the old woman. one ugly and wicked. we must fly in all haste. the other pushed her gently to the front. Only be careful that you are at the far side of the bed. Then she hurried away with her lover. but found no one. there they found all their money safe and sound. close by the wall. because she was her stepdaughter. and left all the gold. but when she was asleep.' said Roland. which the other fancied so much that she became envious. one in front of the bed. dearest Roland. and she took the dead girl's head and dropped three drops of blood on the ground. and told her mother that she must and would have that apron.' cried the second drop of blood. When the old witch got up next morning. I am sweeping. Then the witch cried: 'Where are you?' 'Here. but she did not come. The old woman went out. and cried again: 'Where are you?' 'Here in the kitchen. my child. When she had gone away. the witch's daughter got into bed first. and knocked at his door. tonight when she is asleep I will come and cut her head off. and this one she loved because she was her own daughter. and push her well to the front. but saw no one on the stairs. and she sees what she has done. or we cannot escape if she pursues us. When he came out. one in the kitchen. and cut her own child's head off. 'and you shall have it.' answered the first drop of blood.' The maiden fetched the magic wand. she called her daughter. and wanted to give her the apron. Your stepsister has long deserved death. and felt with her left to see if anyone were lying at the outside. she held an axe in her right hand.' 'But. but has struck her own child. who was called Roland. and then she grasped the axe with both hands. . and one beautiful and good. and one on the stairs. So when Frederick and Catherine came down. we shall be lost. the old woman came creeping in. and this one she hated. The stepdaughter once had a pretty apron. SWEETHEART ROLAND There was once upon a time a woman who was a real witch and had two daughters.

and the thorns tore her clothes from her body. and her sweetheart Roland into a fiddler. The poor girl remained there a long time. all the work was already done.' She put on her many-league boots.here in the bed. threw breadcrumbs in. and trample me down. yes. she was sad. Roland said: 'Now I will go to my father and arrange for the wedding.' he replied.' said the girl. she was forced to dance. She went into the room to the bed. as he did not return at all. What did she see there? Her own child. At this the girl and her sweetheart Roland resumed their natural shapes again. From that time forth. he fell into the snares of another. whose head she had cut off. but at length.' It befell. she perceived her stepdaughter hurrying away with her sweetheart Roland. The witch placed herself on the shore. 'I will play to you while you do it. and the girl stood like a red landmark in the field and waited for her beloved. who so fascinated him that he forgot the maiden. . and the old woman had to go home at night as she had come. for it was a magical dance. may I pluck that beautiful flower for myself?' 'Oh.' Then Roland went away. and at noon. however. When he arose in the morning. 'even if you have got a long way off.' 'Then in the meantime I will stay here and wait for you. The girl. her sweetheart Roland into a lake. he began to play. and the water was fetched. As they were now set free. and they walked on the whole night until daybreak. the room was swept. and whether she would or not. knowing perfectly well who the flower was. she had to dance till she lay dead on the ground. changed. 'and that no one may recognize me. with her magic wand. strange things happened in the shepherd's house.' cried she. and it was not long before she overtook them. and went to endless trouble to entice the duck. But when Roland got home. and thought: 'Someone will surely come this way. bathed in her blood. 'That shall not help you. and said to the musician: 'Dear musician. The witch fell into a passion. however. the fire in the hearth was lighted. and as it was so pretty. I am sleeping. in which she covered an hour's walk at every step. I will change myself into a red stone landmark. and as she could look forth quite far into the world.' cried the third drop of blood. The faster he played. and changed herself into a flower. sprang to the window. you shall still not escape me. It was not long before the witch came striding up towards them. when she saw the old woman striding towards her. the more violent springs was she forced to make. but the duck did not let herself be enticed. took it with him. and laid it away in his chest. Then the maiden changed herself into a beautiful flower which stood in the midst of a briar hedge. and as he did not stop. that a shepherd kept his sheep in the field and saw the flower.' As she was hastily creeping into the hedge and was just going to pluck the flower. and herself into a duck swimming in the middle of it. the table and benches cleaned. and pricked her and wounded her till she bled. plucked it.

but still at last he was so afraid that he went to a wise woman and asked for her advice. the table was laid. and next morning just as day dawned. and it reached Roland's ears. he saw the chest open. He was certainly pleased with this good attendance. she promised not to go away. for he never saw a human being in his house. Then she gazed thoughtfully upon the red drops that sprinkled the white snow. who admitted to him that she had been the flower. until at last she was the only one left. and the flower come out. although he had deserted her. and sing in honour of the bridal pair. When the faithful maiden heard of this. 'Would that my little . and then she could not refuse. and that up to this time she had attended to his house-keeping.when he came home.' for she wanted to remain faithful to her sweetheart Roland. and then the magic will be stopped. it was announced that all the girls were to be present at it. and if you see anything. The wise woman said: 'There is some enchantment behind it. She told him her story. Then the faithful maiden held her wedding with her sweetheart Roland. when the broad flakes of snow were falling around. and then. and which had vanished from his mind. SNOWDROP It was the middle of winter. had suddenly come home again to his heart. but she answered: 'No. And now the time drew near when Roland's wedding was to be celebrated. But when she began her song. Instantly the transformation came to an end.' The shepherd did as she bade him. throw a white cloth over it. listen very early some morning if anything is moving in the room. and said. no matter what it is. He could not conceive how this came to pass. and she would not go thither. and grief came to an end and joy began. he sprang up and cried: 'I know the voice. Nevertheless. I will have no other!' Everything he had forgotten. and as she pleased him he asked her if she would marry him. Swiftly he sprang towards it. she pricked her finger. that is the true bride. she stepped back. and no one could have concealed himself in it. but to continue keeping house for the shepherd. and a good dinner served. When it came to her turn to sing. that the queen of a country many thousand miles off sat working at her window. but the other girls came and took her. The frame of the window was made of fine black ebony. and threw a white cloth over it. and three drops of blood fell upon it. according to an old custom in the country. and as she sat looking out upon the snow. and a beautiful girl stood before him. she grew so sad that she thought her heart would break.

queen. and by the wall stood seven little beds. and then she would gaze upon herself in it. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. seven little loaves. her skin was as white as snow. and the wild beasts roared about her. glass. queen. Then the glass one day answered the queen.daughter may be as white as that snow. In the evening she came to a cottage among the hills. and he said. but his heart melted when Snowdrop begged him to spare her life. and beauteous to see.' So he left her by herself. Everything was spruce and neat in the cottage: on the table was spread a white cloth. and fairer than the queen herself.' But Snowdrop grew more and more beautiful. and there were seven little plates. and seven knives and forks laid in order. Who is fairest. as red as that blood. and said. and went in to rest. who?' And the glass had always answered: 'Thou. and seven little glasses with wine in them. As she was very hungry. but so vain that she could not bear to think that anyone could be handsomer than she was. and called to one of her servants. with the chance of someone finding and saving her. She had a fairy looking-glass. and her hair as black as ebony. she picked a little piece of each loaf and drank a very little wine out of each . and say: 'Tell me. to which she used to go.' Then the servant led her away. and was very beautiful. Then poor Snowdrop wandered along through the wood in great fear. and though he thought it most likely that the wild beasts would tear her in pieces. and the king soon married another wife. 'Take Snowdrop away into the wide wood. her cheeks as rosy as the blood. But this queen died. but none did her any harm. But Snowdrop is lovelier far than thee!' When she heard this she turned pale with rage and envy. for her little feet would carry her no further. that I may never see her any more. he felt as if a great weight were taken off his heart when he had made up his mind not to kill her but to leave her to her fate. 'I will not hurt you. who became queen. tell me. when she went to look in it as usual: 'Thou. thou pretty child. art fair. and she was called Snowdrop. and as black as this ebony windowframe!' And so the little girl really did grow up. art the fairest in all the land. and when she was seven years old she was as bright as the day.

and everyone cried out that somebody had been upon his bed. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. 'Who has been sitting on my stool?' The second. The first said. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. and the seventh dwarf slept an hour with each of the other dwarfs in turn. By and by in came the masters of the cottage. and took care not to wake her. seeking for gold and silver in the mountains: but Snowdrop was left at home.glass. 'Who has been picking my bread?' The fourth. but one was too long. 'Who has been meddling with my spoon?' The fifth. Who is fairest. Now they were seven little dwarfs. and she Is lovelier far. and another was too short. 'Who has been lying on my bed?' And the rest came running to him. 'Who has been drinking my wine?' Then the first looked round and said. till the night was gone. Then they went out all day long to their work. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. and said. so take care and let no one in. and after that she thought she would lie down and rest. But the seventh saw Snowdrop. in the greenwood shade. and called all his brethren to come and see her. and said if she would keep all things in order. 'Who has been cutting with my knife?' The seventh. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou. and they warned her. glass. and they cried out with wonder and astonishment and brought their lamps to look at her.' But the queen. tell me. and dug and searched for gold. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. now that she thought Snowdrop was dead. she might stay where she was. 'Who has been handling my fork?' The sixth. 'Good heavens! what a lovely child she is!' And they were very glad to see her. and they would take good care of her. and saw at once that all was not right. and they pitied her. In the morning Snowdrop told them all her story.' . 'The queen will soon find out where you are. queen. So she tried all the little beds. and cook and wash and knit and spin for them. that lived among the mountains. 'Who has been eating off my plate?' The third. till at last the seventh suited her: and there she laid herself down and went to sleep. They lighted up their seven lamps. and said. and she went to her glass and said: 'Tell me. believed that she must be the handsomest lady in the land. O queen! than thee.

fine wares. 'Bless me!' said the old woman. But by good luck the dwarfs came in very early that evening. 'There's an end to all thy beauty. and she dressed herself up again. 'Only look at my beautiful combs!' and gave her the poisoned one. she seems to be a very good sort of body. and in a little time she began to breathe. and pulled the lace so tight.' 'I will let the old lady in. However. and spoke to it as before. they cut the lace. but to her great grief it still said: 'Thou. so she stood before the old woman. 'Fine wares to sell!' But Snowdrop said. and very soon came to life again. in the greenwood shade. but the moment it touched her head. that she took it up and put it into her hair to try it. and cried. they thought what had happened. When she reached the dwarfs' cottage.' When the queen got home. 'Fine wares to sell!' Snowdrop looked out at the window. for she knew that the glass always spoke the truth. but in quite another dress from the one she wore before. 'I dare not let anyone in. and took with her a poisoned comb. she went straight to her glass. art the fairest in all this land: But over the hills. she knocked at the door.' said the spiteful queen.' Then the blood ran cold in her heart with spite and malice. the poison was so powerful that she fell down senseless. And she could not bear to think that anyone lived who was more beautiful than she was. 'Good day. to see that Snowdrop still lived. 'There you may lie.' said the queen. Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling have made. and let no one in when we are away. and was sure that the servant had betrayed her. they lifted her up. and soon found the poisoned . Then she knocked at the door. to the place where the dwarfs dwelt. Then they said. O queen! than thee. and cried. 'how badly your stays are laced! Let me lace them up with one of my nice new laces. 'The old woman was the queen herself.' said she. And it looked so pretty. and she Is lovelier far. that Snowdrop's breath was stopped. and went away home. as she ran down and unbolted the door. 'laces and bobbins of all colours. so she dressed herself up as an old pedlar. but she set to work so nimbly. take care another time. and I need not say how grieved they were to see their faithful Snowdrop stretched out upon the ground. as if she was quite dead.' thought Snowdrop. queen.' Then the queen said. good woman! what have you to sell?' 'Good wares. and went her way. and went her way over the hills.Then the queen was very much frightened. and she fell down as if she were dead. and when they saw Snowdrop lying on the ground.' Snowdrop did not dream of any mischief. and said. In the evening the seven dwarfs came home. There Snowdrop is hiding her head. and when they found what ailed her.

and combed her hair. and the dwarfs had gone home.' Now the apple was so made up that one side was good. and still only looked as though she was asleep. if it cost me my life. and they warned her once more not to open the door to anyone. and all seven watched and bewailed her three whole days.' said Snowdrop. and I will eat the other. long time. so that they might still look at her.' And they made a coffin of glass. and at last it said: 'Thou. but all was in vain. though the other side was poisoned. And the coffin was set among the hills. 'but at any rate take this pretty apple. and got ready a poisoned apple: the outside looked very rosy and tempting. when she fell down dead upon the ground. for the dwarfs have told me not. and bemoaned Snowdrop. And the birds of the air came too. so they said. and knocked at the door. I will give it you. and first of all came an owl. and when she saw the old woman eat. Meantime the queen went home to her glass. 'Snowdrop shall die.' said the queen.' said the old woman.' So she went by herself into her chamber. When evening came. They lifted her up. and they were afraid that she was quite dead. and as happy as such a heart could be. and at last a dove. and sat by her side. and she said. and as red . and shook with rage when she read the very same answer as before.comb. 'This time nothing will save thee. for the apple looked so very nice. and told them all that had passed. but whoever tasted it was sure to die. they found Snowdrop lying on the ground: no breath came from her lips. and then they thought they would bury her: but her cheeks were still rosy.' 'No. and wrote upon it in golden letters what her name was.' 'Do as you please. for the little girl seemed quite dead. and then a raven.' And then her wicked heart was glad. and travelled over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage.' 'You silly girl!' answered the other. but Snowdrop put her head out of the window and said. 'I dare not take it. Then she dressed herself up as a peasant's wife. and one of the dwarfs always sat by it and watched. Then Snowdrop was much tempted to taste. 'what are you afraid of? Do you think it is poisoned? Come! do you eat one part. for she was even now as white as snow. queen. and that she was a king's daughter. But she had scarcely put the piece into her mouth. So they laid her down upon a bier. And when they took it away she got well. and she went home to her glass. and her face looked just as it did while she was alive. And thus Snowdrop lay for a long. art the fairest of all the fair. and washed her face with wine and water. 'I dare not let anyone in. she could wait no longer. 'We will never bury her in the cold ground.

I ween. and he saw Snowdrop. that she could not help setting out to see the bride. who had been so kind to Snowdrop in her time of need. art loveliest here. and Snowdrop awoke. among the rest. they had pity on him. had been dead a long while. who. who?' And the glass answered: 'Thou.' When she heard this she started with rage. she choked with rage.' At last. 'I love you far better than all the world. and prayed and besought them to let him take her away. Every morning she went into the garden and prayed to God in heaven to bestow on her a son or a daughter. but her envy and curiosity were so great. and as she was dressing herself in fine rich clothes. she looked in the glass and said: 'Tell me. but they said. the piece of apple fell from between her lips.' Then he told her all that had happened. and gave him the coffin. And when she got there.as blood. so come with me to my father's palace. Then he offered the dwarfs money. and read what was written in golden letters. tell me. and said. and everything was got ready with great pomp and splendour for their wedding. however.' And Snowdrop consented. many years. and paid a visit to the little dwarfs. and sometimes they went up into the mountains. THE PINK There was once upon a time a queen to whom God had given no children. At last a prince came and called at the dwarfs' house. 'Thou art quite safe with me. Who is fairest. 'Where am I?' And the prince said. and said. as she thought. To the feast was asked. and you shall be my wife. and saw that it was no other than Snowdrop. and fell down and died: but Snowdrop and the prince lived and reigned happily over that land many. tell me true! Of all the ladies in the land. glass. but the moment he lifted it up to carry it home with him. But lovelier far is the new-made queen. and went home with the prince. 'We will not part with her for all the gold in the world. Snowdrop's old enemy the queen. lady. and as black as ebony. Then an angel from heaven came to her .

and said: 'Be at rest. and all else that pertains to it. and he ran to the king and accused the queen of having allowed her child to be taken from her by the wild beasts. and the king was filled with gladness. and dropped some of its blood on the queen's apron and on her dress. and told him the joyful tidings.' When he had gone away.' Thereupon he went away. which flew to her twice a day. and thus bring him into great peril. he might very easily get me into trouble. and washed herself there in a clear stream. and I am here. The two played together. and if you do not do it.' So he left the palace and went to the boy. it shall cost you your own life. and cut it in pieces. and laid them on a plate. Every morning she went with the child to the garden where the wild beasts were kept. and when the time was come she gave birth to a son. and said: 'Why should I shed the blood of an innocent boy who has never harmed anyone?' The cook once more said: 'If you do not do it. and when she saw the old man coming. and draw the clothes over you. But God sent two angels from heaven in the shape of white doves. who knew that the child had the power of wishing. and loved each other with all their hearts. So he went out and took the maiden aside. The thought occurred to him.' Scarcely were the words out of the boy's mouth. she had a little hind brought to her. and he took a hen. and the old cook went out hunting like a nobleman.' Then she went to the king. and she immediately stood before him. and ordered her to be killed. and carried her food until the seven years were over.' Then the wicked wretch came in . that shall he have. and walled up. who was already big enough to speak. Here she was to stay for seven years without meat or drink. thought to himself: 'If the child has the power of wishing. Then came the old cook. fell into such a passion that he ordered a high tower to be built. so that whatsoever in the world he wishes for. and die of hunger. wish for a pretty girl as a companion. however. go to his bed and plunge this knife into his heart. and said: 'Tonight when the boy is asleep. that it was lying in her arms and she fell asleep. and said to him: 'Wish for a beautiful palace for yourself with a garden. where a nurse was obliged to suckle it. and took her heart and tongue. It happened once when the child was a little older. and bring me his heart and tongue.' Then the king's son wished for one. however. when everything was there that he had wished for. The cook. Then he carried the child away to a secret place. After a while the cook said to him: 'It is not well for you to be so alone. in which neither sun nor moon could be seen and had his wife put into it. she said to the boy: 'Lie down in your bed. you shall have a son with the power of wishing. that the king's son might some day wish to be with his father. When the king saw the blood on her apron. he believed this. and stole it away. and when he returned next day she had not done it. you shall lose your life. and was more beautiful than any painter could have painted her.

' He replied: 'Lord King. and said: 'You old sinner. Then he mounted up and looked inside. and caused himself to be announced as a strange huntsman. and began to wish. he should come to him. and as it was so high.' But the king insisted on it. You shall become a black poodle and have a gold collar round your neck. Now the king felt great joy at this. and will soon set you free. and shall eat burning coals. Then the huntsman promised to procure as much game for him as he could possibly use at the royal table. why did you want to kill me? Now will I pronounce thy sentence. the old man was changed into a poodle dog. and asked if he could offer him service. He went to the tower in which his mother was confined.and said: 'Where are the boy's heart and tongue?' The girl reached the plate to him.' for she thought the angels were there. I will provide for you. after having had none at all for years. Whilst he was sitting there. Then he went away to his own country. till the flames burst forth from your throat. When they were all assembled together. and driven home to the king. and cried: 'Beloved mother. and am still satisfied. and these he ate. Said he: 'I am your dear son. or are you dead?' She answered: 'I have just eaten. and as they could not be parted from each other.' until he did it. So he summoned all the huntsmen together. but that deer had never taken up their quarters in any part of the district or country.' she replied. and made a great feast. he thought of his dearest mother. and wondered if she were still alive. he said to the huntsman: 'As you are so clever. and had a gold collar round his neck. your majesty must excuse me. are you still alive. and he thought of his mother. and bade them go out into the forest with him. At length he said to the maiden: 'I will go home to my own country. open at one end where he stationed himself. and the poodle had to run after him. And he went with them and made them form a great circle. Two hundred deer and more came running inside the circle at once. and would ask how .' And when he had spoken these words. and wished that one of the king's principal servants would begin to speak of her. whom the wild beasts were said to have torn from your arms.' 'Ah. if he was skilful and could get game for him. you shall sit by me. if you will go with me. and took her with him. The king said yes. The king's son remained there a short while longer. and said: 'You shall sit by me. he wished for a ladder which would reach up to the very top. he wished that she might be changed into a beautiful pink. but the king's son threw off the quilt. I am a poor huntsman. Lady Queen. and the huntsmen shot them. Then they were all placed on sixty country carts. and for once he was able to deck his table with game. until the flames broke forth from his throat.' Then he descended again. and what shall I do in a strange land where I am unknown?' As she did not seem quite willing. and commanded that his entire household should eat with him next day. and went to his father. but I am alive still. 'the way is so long. and the cooks were ordered to bring up some live coals.

it was faring with the queen in the tower, and if she were alive still, or had perished. Hardly had he formed the wish than the marshal began, and said: 'Your majesty, we live joyously here, but how is the queen living in the tower? Is she still alive, or has she died?' But the king replied: 'She let my dear son be torn to pieces by wild beasts; I will not have her named.' Then the huntsman arose and said: 'Gracious lord father she is alive still, and I am her son, and I was not carried away by wild beasts, but by that wretch the old cook, who tore me from her arms when she was asleep, and sprinkled her apron with the blood of a chicken.' Thereupon he took the dog with the golden collar, and said: 'That is the wretch!' and caused live coals to be brought, and these the dog was compelled to devour before the sight of all, until flames burst forth from its throat. On this the huntsman asked the king if he would like to see the dog in his true shape, and wished him back into the form of the cook, in the which he stood immediately, with his white apron, and his knife by his side. When the king saw him he fell into a passion, and ordered him to be cast into the deepest dungeon. Then the huntsman spoke further and said: 'Father, will you see the maiden who brought me up so tenderly and who was afterwards to murder me, but did not do it, though her own life depended on it?' The king replied: 'Yes, I would like to see her.' The son said: 'Most gracious father, I will show her to you in the form of a beautiful flower,' and he thrust his hand into his pocket and brought forth the pink, and placed it on the royal table, and it was so beautiful that the king had never seen one to equal it. Then the son said: 'Now will I show her to you in her own form,' and wished that she might become a maiden, and she stood there looking so beautiful that no painter could have made her look more so. And the king sent two waiting-maids and two attendants into the tower, to fetch the queen and bring her to the royal table. But when she was led in she ate nothing, and said: 'The gracious and merciful God who has supported me in the tower, will soon set me free.' She lived three days more, and then died happily, and when she was buried, the two white doves which had brought her food to the tower, and were angels of heaven, followed her body and seated themselves on her grave. The aged king ordered the cook to be torn in four pieces, but grief consumed the king's own heart, and he soon died. His son married the beautiful maiden whom he had brought with him as a flower in his pocket, and whether they are still alive or not, is known to God.

CLEVER ELSIE There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie. And

when she had grown up her father said: 'We will get her married.' 'Yes,' said the mother, 'if only someone would come who would have her.' At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart. 'Oh,' said the father, 'she has plenty of good sense'; and the mother said: 'Oh, she can see the wind coming up the street, and hear the flies coughing.' 'Well,' said Hans, 'if she is not really smart, I won't have her.' When they were sitting at dinner and had eaten, the mother said: 'Elsie, go into the cellar and fetch some beer.' Then Clever Elsie took the pitcher from the wall, went into the cellar, and tapped the lid briskly as she went, so that the time might not appear long. When she was below she fetched herself a chair, and set it before the barrel so that she had no need to stoop, and did not hurt her back or do herself any unexpected injury. Then she placed the can before her, and turned the tap, and while the beer was running she would not let her eyes be idle, but looked up at the wall, and after much peering here and there, saw a pick-axe exactly above her, which the masons had accidentally left there. Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer, then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then she sat and wept and screamed with all the strength of her body, over the misfortune which lay before her. Those upstairs waited for the drink, but Clever Elsie still did not come. Then the woman said to the servant: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is.' The maid went and found her sitting in front of the barrel, screaming loudly. 'Elsie why do you weep?' asked the maid. 'Ah,' she answered, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will perhaps fall on his head, and kill him.' Then said the maid: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down beside her and began loudly to weep over the misfortune. After a while, as the maid did not come back, and those upstairs were thirsty for the beer, the man said to the boy: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie and the girl are.' The boy went down, and there sat Clever Elsie and the girl both weeping together. Then he asked: 'Why are you weeping?' 'Ah,' said Elsie, 'have I not reason to weep? If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and has to draw beer here, the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.' Then said the boy: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down by her, and likewise began to howl loudly. Upstairs they waited for the boy, but as he still did not return, the man said to the woman: 'Just go down into the cellar and see where Elsie is!' The woman went down, and found all three in the midst of their lamentations, and inquired what was the cause; then Elsie told her also that her future child was to be killed by the pick-axe, when it grew big and had to draw beer, and the pick-axe fell down. Then said the

mother likewise: 'What a clever Elsie we have!' and sat down and wept with them. The man upstairs waited a short time, but as his wife did not come back and his thirst grew ever greater, he said: 'I must go into the cellar myself and see where Elsie is.' But when he got into the cellar, and they were all sitting together crying, and he heard the reason, and that Elsie's child was the cause, and the Elsie might perhaps bring one into the world some day, and that he might be killed by the pick-axe, if he should happen to be sitting beneath it, drawing beer just at the very time when it fell down, he cried: 'Oh, what a clever Elsie!' and sat down, and likewise wept with them. The bridegroom stayed upstairs alone for along time; then as no one would come back he thought: 'They must be waiting for me below: I too must go there and see what they are about.' When he got down, the five of them were sitting screaming and lamenting quite piteously, each out-doing the other. 'What misfortune has happened then?' asked he. 'Ah, dear Hans,' said Elsie, 'if we marry each other and have a child, and he is big, and we perhaps send him here to draw something to drink, then the pick-axe which has been left up there might dash his brains out if it were to fall down, so have we not reason to weep?' 'Come,' said Hans, 'more understanding than that is not needed for my household, as you are such a clever Elsie, I will have you,' and seized her hand, took her upstairs with him, and married her. After Hans had had her some time, he said: 'Wife, I am going out to work and earn some money for us; go into the field and cut the corn that we may have some bread.' 'Yes, dear Hans, I will do that.' After Hans had gone away, she cooked herself some good broth and took it into the field with her. When she came to the field she said to herself: 'What shall I do; shall I cut first, or shall I eat first? Oh, I will eat first.' Then she drank her cup of broth and when she was fully satisfied, she once more said: 'What shall I do? Shall I cut first, or shall I sleep first? I will sleep first.' Then she lay down among the corn and fell asleep. Hans had been at home for a long time, but Elsie did not come; then said he: 'What a clever Elsie I have; she is so industrious that she does not even come home to eat.' But when evening came and she still stayed away, Hans went out to see what she had cut, but nothing was cut, and she was lying among the corn asleep. Then Hans hastened home and brought a fowler's net with little bells and hung it round about her, and she still went on sleeping. Then he ran home, shut the house-door, and sat down in his chair and worked. At length, when it was quite dark, Clever Elsie awoke and when she got up there was a jingling all round about her, and the bells rang at each step which she took. Then she was alarmed, and became uncertain whether she really was Clever Elsie or not, and said: 'Is it I, or is it not I?' But she knew not what answer to make to this, and stood for a time in doubt; at length she thought: 'I will go home and ask if it be I, or if it be not I, they will be sure to know.' She ran to the door of her own house, but it was shut; then

she knocked at the window and cried: 'Hans, is Elsie within?' 'Yes,' answered Hans, 'she is within.' Hereupon she was terrified, and said: 'Ah, heavens! Then it is not I,' and went to another door; but when the people heard the jingling of the bells they would not open it, and she could get in nowhere. Then she ran out of the village, and no one has seen her since.

THE MISER IN THE BUSH A farmer had a faithful and diligent servant, who had worked hard for him three years, without having been paid any wages. At last it came into the man's head that he would not go on thus without pay any longer; so he went to his master, and said, 'I have worked hard for you a long time, I will trust to you to give me what I deserve to have for my trouble.' The farmer was a sad miser, and knew that his man was very simple-hearted; so he took out threepence, and gave him for every year's service a penny. The poor fellow thought it was a great deal of money to have, and said to himself, 'Why should I work hard, and live here on bad fare any longer? I can now travel into the wide world, and make myself merry.' With that he put his money into his purse, and set out, roaming over hill and valley. As he jogged along over the fields, singing and dancing, a little dwarf met him, and asked him what made him so merry. 'Why, what should make me down-hearted?' said he; 'I am sound in health and rich in purse, what should I care for? I have saved up my three years' earnings and have it all safe in my pocket.' 'How much may it come to?' said the little man. 'Full threepence,' replied the countryman. 'I wish you would give them to me,' said the other; 'I am very poor.' Then the man pitied him, and gave him all he had; and the little dwarf said in return, 'As you have such a kind honest heart, I will grant you three wishes--one for every penny; so choose whatever you like.' Then the countryman rejoiced at his good luck, and said, 'I like many things better than money: first, I will have a bow that will bring down everything I shoot at; secondly, a fiddle that will set everyone dancing that hears me play upon it; and thirdly, I should like that everyone should grant what I ask.' The dwarf said he should have his three wishes; so he gave him the bow and fiddle, and went his way. Our honest friend journeyed on his way too; and if he was merry before, he was now ten times more so. He had not gone far before he met an old miser: close by them stood a tree, and on the topmost twig sat a thrush singing away most joyfully. 'Oh, what a pretty bird!' said the miser; 'I

' 'Anything but thy life. for heaven's sake!' cried the miser.' So he took the purse.' The miser cried out. and the miser bid higher and higher.' said he. capering higher and higher in the air. Meanwhile the miser crept out of the bush half-naked and in a piteous plight. 'thou art only meeting thy reward': so he played up another tune. but as he stood on the steps he said. and down fell the thrush into the bushes at the foot of the tree. and . What have I done to deserve this?' 'Thou hast shaved many a poor soul close enough. When the countryman saw so much money. for pity's sake. and complained that a rascal had robbed him of his money. he said.' replied the other. and jailer were in motion. 'I do not ask my life. and struck up a tune. 'No. Then the miser began to beg and promise. and at the first note judge. his companion took up his fiddle and played away.' Then he took up his bow. till at last he offered a round hundred of florins that he had in his purse. you gave it me for playing a tune to you. 'I will agree to your proposal. and serve his late companion some trick. so that the blood ran down.would give a great deal of money to have such a one. 'My Lord Judge. and he himself was all scratched and wounded. and cut the matter short by ordering him off to the gallows. The miser began to tell his tale.' 'If that's all.' said the countryman.' The fact was. 'Oh.' But the countryman seized his fiddle. all began capering. only to let me play upon my fiddle for the last time. 'No. but the judge told him that was not likely. 'I will soon bring it down. but he did not come up to the musician's price for some time. The miser crept into the bush to find it. he could not refuse the request. put up his fiddle. and the miser began to dance and spring about. 'Bind me fast. and said he had been robbed of his money. and he danced him along brisker and brisker. on account of the dwarf's third gift. no! no! for heaven's sake don't listen to him! don't listen to him!' But the judge said. but directly he had got into the middle. At last he went to the judge. he will soon have done. and had just gained by cheating some poor fellow. grant me one last request. and began to ponder how he should take his revenge. So away he was taken. 'Master! master! pray let the fiddle alone. 'Oh. The thorns soon began to tear his clothes till they all hung in rags about him. and travelled on very pleased with his bargain. Then the miser said. and that the fellow who did it carried a bow at his back and a fiddle hung round his neck.' said the countryman. clerks. and offered money for his liberty. and he was soon caught and brought up to be tried.' said the other. Then the judge sent out his officers to bring up the accused wherever they should find him. 'It is only this once. and beaten him into the bargain. bind me fast.

her father had married another wife. And the snow fell and spread a beautiful white covering over the grave. to cook and to wash. made her always dusty and dirty. and beg him to leave off. 'Always be a good girl. the sisters plagued her in all sorts of ways. and miser. and I will look down from heaven and watch over you. and left the miser to take his place at the gallows. and by the time he had played the first bar of the tune. all were dancing together--judge. and when she felt that her end drew nigh. It happened once that the father was going to the fair. but was made to lie by the hearth among the ashes. Besides that. they called her Ashputtel. they began to cry out. At first the thing was merry and pleasant enough. where you got that gold. but he stopped not a whit the more for their entreaties. and said. 'Fine clothes. and that you earned it fairly. 'Tell us now.' Soon afterwards she shut her eyes and died. 'I acknowledge that I stole it. and asked his wife's daughters what he should bring them. away with the kitchen-maid!' Then they took away her fine clothes. of course. that she brought home with her. Then he called to the miser. At the second note the hangman let his prisoner go. but when it had gone on a while. but by the time the spring came. she had no bed to lie down on. and laughed at her. and was buried in the garden. and laughed at her. to bring the water. In the evening when she was tired. and it was now a sorry time for the poor little girl. and was always good and kind to all about her. to make the fire.' Then the countryman stopped his fiddle. 'they who would eat bread should first earn it. and the little girl went every day to her grave and wept.' 'I stole it. and as this. to rise early before daylight. you vagabond. court. and there seemed to be no end of playing or dancing. and the sun had melted it away again. and turned her into the kitchen. but promised to return him the hundred florins. ASHPUTTEL The wife of a rich man fell sick.' said the miser in the presence of all the people. and all the people who had followed to look on.no one could hold the miser. 'What does the good-for-nothing want in the parlour?' said they. and gave her an old grey frock to put on. till the judge not only gave him his life. and danced also. There she was forced to do hard work. and said.' said the . This new wife had two daughters of her own. they were fair in face but foul at heart. or I shall play on for your amusement only. she called her only daughter to her bed-side.

hither. and then the others began to pick. child. which was to last three days. 'Now. pick. 'what will you have?' 'The first twig.' said she. Three times every day she went to it and cried. and at last she begged her mother very hard to let her go. 'Pearls and diamonds. Ashputtel!' said she.' Then she did as she was told. through the sky. 'Now. Then he bought for the first two the fine clothes and pearls and diamonds they had asked for: and on his way home. dear father. and out of those who came to it his son was to choose a bride for himself. so they called her up. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. fly! Blackbird. and chaffinch gay. and went to her mother's grave and planted it there.' Then she threw the peas down among the ashes. thrush. Then she took it. no clothes at all. pick. that brushes against your hat when you turn your face to come homewards. for we are going to dance at the king's feast. and said. and cried out: 'Hither. pick. to get rid of her. And the little doves stooped their heads down and set to work. 'You. and cried so much that it was watered with her tears. you shall go to the feast too. and tie our sashes for us. she said at last. pick!' Then first came two white doves. and put it into a dish but left the ashes. comb our hair. 'you who have nothing to wear. flying in at the kitchen window. a hazel twig brushed against him. chirping and fluttering in: and they flew down into the ashes. and brought her whatever she wished for. quick! Haste ye. hither. Ashputtel's two sisters were asked to come. haste away! One and all come help me. and almost pushed off his hat: so he broke it off and brought it away. and if in two hours' time you have picked them all out. and when he got home he gave it to his daughter.' cried the second. haste ye!--pick. but when all was done she could not help crying. for she thought to herself. but the little maiden ran out at the back door into the garden. pick. brush our shoes. pick: and among them all they soon picked out all the good grain. and who cannot even dance--you want to go to the ball? And when she kept on begging. she should so have liked to have gone with them to the ball. Now it happened that the king of that land held a feast. and there it grew and became a fine tree. next came two turtle-doves. and watched over her. Turtle-doves and linnets.first. and talked with her. Long before the end of the hour the work was quite . 'I will throw this dishful of peas into the ash-heap.' said he to his own daughter. pick. and soon a little bird came and built its nest upon the tree. as he rode through a green copse. Hither.

she looked so fine and beautiful in her rich clothes. The king's son soon came up to her. haste ye!--pick.' And when Ashputtel begged very hard to go. and cried out as before: 'Hither. Now when all were gone. Then Ashputtel brought the dish to her mother. overjoyed at the thought that now she should go to the ball. and left all the ashes. and thought it must be some strange princess. thrush. taking it for granted that she was safe at home in the dirt. Ashputtel went sorrowfully and sat down under the hazel-tree. pick. and cannot dance. Before half an hour's time all was done. and brought a gold and silver dress for her. and the little doves put their heads down and set to work. and cried out: 'Shake. But the little maiden went out into the garden at the back of the house. fly! Blackbird. rejoicing to think that she should now go to the ball. hither. and slippers of spangled silk. and she put them on. pick. chirping and hopping about. 'If you can in one hour's time pick two of those dishes of peas out of the ashes. pick!' Then first came two white doves in at the kitchen window. and followed her sisters to the feast. and you would only put us to shame': and off she went with her two daughters to the ball. So she shook two dishes of peas into the ashes. Hither. next came two turtle-doves. Gold and silver over me!' Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree. you cannot go. haste away! One and all come help me. quick! Haste ye. shake. But the mother said. pick. hazel-tree. through the sky. and after them came all the little birds under heaven. and cannot dance. And then Ashputtel took the dishes to her mother. no! you slut. and out they flew again. hither. and then the others began pick. and all flew out again at the windows. and took her by the hand and danced . you shall go too. pick. pick. you have no clothes. you have no clothes. and they never once thought of Ashputtel. and nobody left at home. Turtle-doves and linnets.' And thus she thought she should at least get rid of her. 'It is all of no use. 'No.done. she said. you shall not go. and they put all the good grain into the dishes. But they did not know her. And they flew down into the ashes. But her mother said. and chaffinch gay. pick.

had hid herself in the pigeon-house. that he might see into what house she went: but she sprang away from him all at once into the garden behind her father's house. For she had run as quickly as she could through the pigeon-house and on to the hazel-tree.' When night came she wanted to go home. But when they had broken open the door they found no one within. Then he waited till her father came home. and said to him. hazel-tree. and ran off towards home. and her father. 'The unknown lady who danced with me has slipped away. And when they came back into the kitchen. that the bird might carry them away. he said. unawares. and carried her beautiful clothes back to the bird at the hazel-tree. but when anyone else came to ask her to dance. she jumped up into the pigeon-house and shut the door. 'I shall go and take care of you to your home'. in her dirty frock by the ashes. everyone wondered at her beauty: but the king's son. and had there taken off her beautiful clothes. and could not find out where she was gone. And when she came in it to the ball. who was waiting for her. and they cut down the tree. . 'This lady is dancing with me. 'Can it be Ashputtel?' So he had an axe brought. and I think she must have sprung into the pear-tree. and had lain down again amid the ashes in her little grey frock. shake. and sisters were gone.' The father thought to himself.' Thus they danced till a late hour of the night. and Ashputtel. and her dim little lamp was burning in the chimney. 'This lady is dancing with me. and when anyone asked her to dance. and then she wanted to go home: and the king's son said. and danced with her. he said as before. who had been at the feast. and as they came back into the house. jumped up into it without being seen.with her. and as the prince followed her. Ashputtel went to the hazel-tree. and said: 'Shake. and then put on her little grey frock. The next day when the feast was again held. there lay Ashputtel among the ashes. and no one else: and he never left her hand. Ashputtel was lying. not knowing where to hide herself. for she had slipped down on the other side of the tree. mother. for he wanted to see where the beautiful maiden lived. but waited till her father came home. Then the king's son lost sight of her. and put them beneath the tree. In this garden stood a fine large pear-tree full of ripe fruit. But she slipped away from him. and the king's son followed here as before. and told him that the unknown maiden. but found no one upon it. as she always did. took her by the hand. Gold and silver over me!' And the bird came and brought a still finer dress than the one she had worn the day before.

'I will take for my wife the lady that this golden slipper fits. and said. cut it off. and thus squeezed on the shoe. and went the next day to the king his father. and on the branch sat a little dove singing: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. but. for they had beautiful feet. and wanted to try it on. and said.' Then the prince got down and looked at her foot.' So the silly girl cut off her great toe. and the shoe was altogether much too small for her. 'This is not the right bride. though in such a hurry that she dropped her left golden slipper upon the stairs.' When night came she wanted to go home. and he saw. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. shake. for wonder at her beauty: and the king's son danced with nobody but her. what a trick she had played him. 'I will not lose her this time'. and took her to the king's son: and he set her . and set her beside him on his horse. 'This lady is _my_ partner. So he turned his horse round. and went to the king's son. she again slipped away from him. and had no doubt that they could wear the golden slipper. But on their way home they had to pass by the hazel-tree that Ashputtel had planted. which was too large. he said. when her father and mother and sisters were gone. and said. Then the mother gave her a knife. when you are queen you will not care about toes. Gold and silver over me!' Then her kind friend the bird brought a dress still finer than the former one. she went again into the garden.' Then both the sisters were overjoyed to hear it. and brought the false bride back to her home. and slippers which were all of gold: so that when she came to the feast no one knew what to say. But her great toe could not go into it.The third day.' Then she went into the room and got her foot into the shoe. and said: 'Shake. and said to himself. sir. and the king's son would go with her. But her mother squeezed it in till the blood came. all but the heel. and when anyone else asked her to dance. The eldest went first into the room where the slipper was. hazel-tree. 'Never mind. you will not want to walk. and rode away with her homewards. The prince took the shoe. by the blood that streamed from it. let the other sister try and put on the slipper. and the mother stood by. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. Then he took her for his bride. however.

as his bride by his side on his horse. and so went home with her. But he had a strange custom. and then went in and curtsied to him. It was covered. And when he drew near and looked at her face he knew her.' However. the child of my first wife. THE WHITE SNAKE A long time ago there lived a king who was famed for his wisdom through all the land. and no one else was present. and rode away with her. For she is the true one that sits by thy side!' And when the dove had done its song. But when they came to the hazel-tree the little dove sat there still. But the mother said. 'This is not the true bride. and put on the golden slipper. Then she took her clumsy shoe off her left foot. and said. and she first washed her face and hands. Nothing was hidden from him. the prince would have her come. every day after dinner. she is much too dirty. that her white stockings were quite red. however. And when they came to the hazel-tree. and it fitted her as if it had been made for her. it came flying. 'there is only a little dirty Ashputtel here. and turned pale with anger as he took Ashputtel on his horse. and he reached her the golden slipper. and saw that the blood streamed so much from the shoe. For she's not the true one that sits by thy side. and even the servant did not know what .' But the mother and both the sisters were frightened. So he turned his horse and brought her also back again. and perched upon her right shoulder.' said he to the father. she will not dare to show herself. and it seemed as if news of the most secret things was brought to him through the air. no. and not made for you! Prince! prince! look again for thy bride. 'This is the right bride.' said he. the white dove sang: 'Home! home! look at the shoe! Princess! the shoe was made for you! Prince! prince! take home thy bride.' Then he looked down. and sang: 'Back again! back again! look to the shoe! The shoe is too small. a trusty servant had to bring him one more dish. 'have you no other daughters?' 'No. I am sure she cannot be the bride. 'No. when the table was cleared. and rode away with her.' The prince told him to send her.

he himself should be looked upon as guilty and executed. The servant refused everything. he lifted up the cover. neither did anyone know. Now some ducks were sitting together quietly by a brook and taking their rest. though . allowed him to ask a favour. Now. and saw a white snake lying on the dish.' So he cut off her head. whilst they were making their feathers smooth with their bills. and threatened with angry words that unless he could before the morrow point out the thief.' 'Yes. and only asked for a horse and some money for travelling. and has been waiting to be roasted long enough. kill her. The king ordered the man to be brought before him. and telling one another of all kinds of things which they had seen in the fields and woods. When he had carefully locked the door. pray. carried her to the kitchen. and what good food they had found. to make amends for the wrong.was in it. and said to the cook: 'Here is a fine duck. where he saw three fishes caught in the reeds and gasping for water. He went and listened. They were telling one another of all the places where they had been waddling about all the morning. so he cut of a little bit and put it into his mouth. and weighed her in his hand. as he had a mind to see the world and go about a little. No sooner had it touched his tongue than he heard a strange whispering of little voices outside his window. The servant could now easily prove his innocence. The servant stood by and listened. But when he saw it he could not deny himself the pleasure of tasting it. and as she was being dressed for the spit. the queen's ring was found inside her. and one said in a pitiful tone: 'Something lies heavy on my stomach. Eating the snake had given him power of understanding the language of animals. who was allowed to go everywhere. In his trouble and fear he went down into the courtyard and took thought how to help himself out of his trouble. who took away the dish. and the king.' The servant at once seized her by the neck. When his request was granted he set out on his way. Now it so happened that on this very day the queen lost her most beautiful ring. when one day the servant. This had gone on for a long time. In vain he declared his innocence. and promised him the best place in the court that he could wish for. was overcome with such curiosity that he could not help carrying the dish into his room. and one day came to a pond. he was dismissed with no better answer. and. and then noticed that it was the sparrows who were chattering together.' said the cook. as I was eating in haste I swallowed a ring which lay under the queen's window. 'she has spared no trouble to fatten herself. for the king never took off the cover to eat of it until he was quite alone. and suspicion of having stolen it fell upon this trusty servant. they were having a confidential conversation together.

So he was led out to the sea. 'Out with you. has been treading down my people without mercy!' So he turned on to a side path and the ant-king cried out to him: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' The path led him into a wood. then they went away. and a gold ring was thrown into it. he came to a large city. what helpless chicks we are! We must shift for ourselves. and can provide for yourselves.it is said that fishes are dumb. The one in the middle held a mussel in its mouth. and throwing out their young ones. he got off his horse and put the three prisoners back into the water. but lie here and starve?' So the good young fellow alighted and killed his horse with his sword. and a man rode up on horseback. as he had a kind heart. but in vain. before his eyes. Then they came hopping up to it. . and yet we cannot fly! What can we do. 'we cannot find food for you any longer. keep off our bodies? That stupid horse. satisfied their hunger. which it laid on the shore at the youth's feet. when suddenly he saw three fishes come swimming towards him. and gave it to them for food.' All the people grieved for the handsome youth. and cried: 'We will remember you--one good turn deserves another!' And now he had to use his own legs. and there he saw two old ravens standing by their nest. nevertheless when the youth saw the king's daughter he was so overcome by her great beauty that he forgot all danger. and declared himself a suitor. and cried to him: 'We will remember you and repay you for saving us!' He rode on. There was a great noise and crowd in the streets. and heard an ant-king complain: 'Why cannot folks. flapping their wings. but whoever seeks her hand must perform a hard task. leaving him alone by the sea. and if he does not succeed he will forfeit his life. and crying: 'Oh. there lay the gold ring in the shell. you idle.' But the poor young ravens lay upon the ground. then the king ordered him to fetch this ring up from the bottom of the sea. with his heavy hoofs. and. with their clumsy beasts. good-for-nothing creatures!' cried they. he heard them lamenting that they must perish so miserably. and added: 'If you come up again without it you will be thrown in again and again until you perish amid the waves. He listened. He stood on the shore and considered what he should do. went before the king. and they were the very fishes whose lives he had saved. and when he had taken it up and opened it. put out their heads. and after a while it seemed to him that he heard a voice in the sand at his feet. They leapt with delight. crying aloud: 'The king's daughter wants a husband. you are big enough.' Many had already made the attempt. and when he had walked a long way.

set out homewards. she scorned him. and then her heart became full of love for him. and heard that you were seeking the Golden Apple. But as soon as the first rays of the sun shone into the garden he saw all the ten sacks standing side by side. and not a single grain was missing. and loved them with all the love of a mother for her children. he came one evening to a wood. as long as his legs would carry him. But he heard a rustling in the branches. The ant-king had come in the night with thousands and thousands of ants. when he should be led to death. and the grateful creatures had by great industry picked up all the millet-seed and gathered them into the sacks. One day she . THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS There was once upon a time an old goat who had seven little kids. They cut the Apple of Life in two and ate it together. She went down into the garden and strewed with her own hands ten sacksful of millet-seed on the grass. where the Tree of Life stands. Presently the king's daughter herself came down into the garden. and have brought you the apple. and required him first to perform another task. when we had grown big.Full of joy he took it to the king and expected that he would grant him the promised reward. full of joy. and was amazed to see that the young man had done the task she had given him. and they lived in undisturbed happiness to a great age. then she said: 'Tomorrow morning before sunrise these must be picked up. and lay down under a tree to sleep. At the same time three ravens flew down to him. but he could think of nothing.' The youth. But she could not yet conquer her proud heart. though he had no hope of finding it. and said: 'We are the three young ravens whom you saved from starving. we flew over the sea to the end of the world.' The youth sat down in the garden and considered how it might be possible to perform this task. and would have gone on for ever. but he set out. and a golden apple fell into his hand. After he had wandered through three kingdoms. and said: 'Although he has performed both the tasks.' The youth did not know where the Tree of Life stood. quite full. perched themselves upon his knee. and not a single grain be wanting. and there he sat sorrowfully awaiting the break of day. But when the proud princess perceived that he was not her equal in birth. he shall not be my husband until he had brought me an apple from the Tree of Life. who had now no more excuses left to make. and took the Golden Apple to the king's beautiful daughter.

and began to sleep. It was not long before someone knocked at the house-door and called: 'Open the door.' Then the miller was afraid. 'you are not our mother. She has a soft. So she called all seven to her and said: 'Dear children. Soon afterwards the old goat came home again from the forest. the sixth under the washing-bowl. the third into the stove. and called: 'Open the door. your mother is here and has brought something back with her for each of you. dear children.' But the little kids knew that it was the wolf.' Then the old one bleated. and everything. 'We will not open the door. and the seventh into the clock-case. I will devour you. and used no great ceremony. the second into the bed. if he comes in. this is the way of mankind. and opened the door.' The kids said: 'Dear mother. hair.' And when the baker had rubbed his feet over. we will take good care of ourselves. your mother is here. rub some dough over them for me. I have to go into the forest. the fifth into the cupboard. he ran to the miller and said: 'Strew some white meal over my feet for me. but your voice is rough. dear children. Then he came back.wanted to go into the forest and fetch some food. be on your guard against the wolf. and has brought every one of you something back from the forest with her. ate this and made his voice soft with it. and has brought something back with her for each of you. who was in the clock-case. The wretch often disguises himself. One sprang under the table. Truly. and made his paws white for him. Ah! what a sight she saw .' Then he put his paws in through the window and when the kids saw that they were white. our mother has not black feet like you: you are the wolf!' Then the wolf ran to a baker and said: 'I have hurt my feet.' The miller thought to himself: 'The wolf wants to deceive someone. children. one after the other he swallowed them down his throat. he will devour you all--skin. the fourth into the kitchen. pleasant voice. But who should come in but the wolf! They were terrified and wanted to hide themselves. but the wolf said: 'If you will not do it. laid himself down under a tree in the green meadow outside.' and refused. and the children saw them and cried: 'We will not open the door. and went on her way with an easy mind. but you will know him at once by his rough voice and his black feet. you are the wolf!' Then the wolf went away to a shopkeeper and bought himself a great lump of chalk. knocked at the door of the house. was the only one he did not find. But the wolf found them all. you may go away without any anxiety. The youngest.' cried they. So now the wretch went for the third time to the house-door. knocked at it and said: 'Open the door for me. your dear little mother has come home. by the rough voice.' The little kids cried: 'First show us your paws that we may know if you are our dear little mother. they believed that all he said was true.' But the wolf had laid his black paws against the window. When the wolf had satisfied his appetite he took himself off.

all six sprang out one after another. however. chairs. they came running to the spot and cried aloud: 'The wolf is dead! The wolf is dead!' and danced for joy round about the well with their mother. and the mother sewed him up again in the greatest haste. At length in her grief she went out. and benches were thrown down. But when he began to walk and to move about.' And when he got to the well and stooped over the water to drink.' Then the seven kids dragged the stones thither with all speed. Then you may imagine how she wept over her poor children. than one little kid thrust its head out. can be still alive?' Then the kid had to run home and fetch scissors. for in his greediness the monster had swallowed them down whole. The table. and the youngest kid ran with her. the stones in his stomach knocked against each other and rattled. At last. 'is it possible that my poor children whom he has swallowed down for his supper. Then cried he: 'What rumbles and tumbles Against my poor bones? I thought 'twas six kids. when she came to the youngest. and as the stones in his stomach made him very thirsty. and had suffered no injury whatever. the washing-bowl lay broken to pieces. and put as many of them into this stomach as they could get in.' she said.there! The house-door stood wide open. but no one answered. and hardly had she made one cut. She looked at him on every side and saw that something was moving and struggling in his gorged belly. She called them one after another by name. and he drowned miserably. The mother. 'Ah. and the quilts and pillows were pulled off the bed. . But it feels like big stones. so that he was not aware of anything and never once stirred. She sought her children. I am in the clock-case. and when she had cut farther. heavens. and the goat cut open the monster's stomach. a soft voice cried: 'Dear mother. and jumped like a tailor at his wedding. he wanted to go to a well to drink. and it told her that the wolf had come and had eaten all the others. and we will fill the wicked beast's stomach with them while he is still asleep. When the seven kids saw that. and were all still alive. he got on his legs. there lay the wolf by the tree and snored so loud that the branches shook. and a needle and thread. When the wolf at length had had his fill of sleep. the heavy stones made him fall in. When they came to the meadow.' She took the kid out. What rejoicing there was! They embraced their dear mother. said: 'Now go and look for some big stones. but they were nowhere to be found.

' Next they came to a bees'-nest in a hollow tree. where there were three tablets. who was a little insignificant dwarf. I cannot let you burn them. Then their brother. and came at last to an ant-hill. to think that he. and came to a lake where many many ducks were swimming about. I will not suffer you to trouble them. 'Let the pretty insects enjoy themselves. The first tablet said: 'In the wood. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. but took hold of them and led them to a beautiful table covered with all sorts of good things: and when they had eaten and drunk. in order to see how the poor ants in their fright would run about and carry off their eggs. so that they could not return home again. But the dwarf said.' At length the three brothers came to a castle: and as they passed by the stables they saw fine horses standing there. Then they went through all the rooms. The two brothers wanted to catch two. who were so much wiser. you shall not kill them. they all set out on their journey together. However. He said nothing. should try to travel through the world.' So on they went. and said. he showed each of them to a bed-chamber. There they saw a little grey old man sitting at a table. so that they could look into the next room. when they. but they soon fell into a wasteful foolish way of living. and they called to him once or twice. and there was so much honey that it ran down the trunk. but he did not hear: however. had been unable to get on. but all were of marble. The next morning he came to the eldest and took him to a marble table.' . they called a third time. they must all be found: and if one be missing by set of sun. and the two brothers wanted to light a fire under the tree and kill the bees. containing an account of the means by which the castle might be disenchanted. so as to get their honey.THE QUEEN BEE Two kings' sons once upon a time went into the world to seek their fortunes. and roast them. till they came to a door on which were three locks: but in the middle of the door was a wicket. But the dwarf held them back. 'Let the poor things enjoy themselves. The two elder brothers would have pulled it down. and then he rose and came out to them. went out to seek for his brothers: but when he had found them they only laughed at him. under the moss. and no man was to be seen. he who seeks them will be turned into marble. lie the thousand pearls belonging to the king's daughter. who was so young and simple. But the little dwarf said.

and sought for the pearls the whole day: but the evening came.The eldest brother set out. And as he sat there. and all exactly alike: but he was told that the eldest had eaten a piece of sugar. and was king after her father's death. and she tried the lips of all three. who had been saved by the little dwarf from the fire.' And as the dwarf came to the brink of it. Then he cut his leather out. with five thousand ants. and at last all he had in the world was gone. The next day the second brother undertook the task. THE ELVES AND THE SHOEMAKER There was once a shoemaker. and the job was so tiresome!--so he sat down upon a stone and cried. The third task was the hardest. meaning . and he had not found the first hundred: so he was turned into stone as the tablet had foretold. and therefore he too was turned into stone. Now they were all beautiful. and the youngest a spoonful of honey. but he succeeded no better than the first. It was to choose out the youngest and the best of the king's three daughters. the king of the ants (whose life he had saved) came to help him. but his two brothers married the other two sisters. The second tablet said: 'The key of the princess's bed-chamber must be fished up out of the lake. but at last she sat upon the lips of the one that had eaten the honey: and so the dwarf knew which was the youngest. And the dwarf married the youngest and the best of the princesses. Then came the queen of the bees. so he was to guess which it was that had eaten the honey. all ready to make up the next day. the next some sweet syrup. and they dived down and soon brought in the key from the bottom. At last came the little dwarf's turn. Thus the spell was broken. and all who had been turned into stones awoke. and took their proper forms. and it was not long before they had found all the pearls and laid them in a heap. he saw the two ducks whose lives he had saved swimming about. for he could only find the second hundred of the pearls. who worked very hard and was very honest: but still he could not earn enough to live upon. and he looked in the moss. save just leather enough to make one pair of shoes. but it was so hard to find the pearls.

about Christmas-time. In the evening he cut out the work. His conscience was clear and his heart light amidst all his troubles. as before. The next day the wife said to the shoemaker. and hid themselves in a corner of the room. The good man knew not what to say or think at such an odd thing happening. to his great wonder. and watched what would happen. and began to ply with their little fingers. and then they bustled away as quick as lightning. and the shoes suited him so well that he willingly paid a price higher than usual for them. and do them a good turn if we can. for when he got up in the morning the work was done ready to his hand. I'll tell you what. I am quite sorry to see them run about as they do.to rise early in the morning to his work. till the job was quite done. left all his cares to Heaven. and the shoes stood ready for use upon the table. 'I should like to sit up and watch tonight. He cut out the work again overnight and found it done in the morning. who paid him handsomely for his goods. so they left a light burning. there came in two little naked dwarfs. and the poor shoemaker. there stood the shoes all ready made. In the morning after he had said his prayers. and a coat and waistcoat. so he went peaceably to bed. he said to her. and do you make each of them a little pair of shoes.' The wife liked the thought. I will make each of them a shirt. and soon fell asleep. Soon in came buyers. behind a curtain that was hung up there. that the shoemaker was all wonder. and we ought to be thankful to them. and went to bed early. One evening. As soon as it was midnight. stitching and rapping and tapping away at such a rate. took up all the work that was cut out. he sat himself down to his work. that it was quite a masterpiece. and indeed it is not very decent. as he and his wife were sitting over the fire chatting together. so that he bought leather enough for four pair more. and could not take his eyes off them. with the money. and they sat themselves upon the shoemaker's bench. He looked at the workmanship. and so it went on for some time: what was got ready in the evening was always done by daybreak. for they have nothing upon their backs to keep off the cold. 'These little wights have made us rich. but he was saved all the trouble. bought leather enough to make two pairs more. when . that he might get up and begin betimes next day. The same day a customer came in. all was so neat and true. and one evening. And on they went. This was long before daybreak. and a pair of pantaloons into the bargain. upon the table. and the good man soon became thriving and well off again. when.' The thought pleased the good cobbler very much. that we may see who it is that comes and does my work for me. there was not one false stitch in the whole job.

as long as they lived. 'if I had but a child. and before another month had passed she had a little child. hopped round the room. 'Ah. there lived a rich man with a good and beautiful wife. bury me under the juniper-tree. So greatly did they desire to have one.all the things were ready. to watch what the little elves would do. her heart grew light within her. and away over the green. Once again the wife stood under the juniper-tree.' Then she felt comforted and happy again. A month passed. that the wife prayed for it day and night. and she returned to the house feeling glad and comforted. So the months followed one another. till at last they danced out at the door. but when they were fully ripe she picked the berries and ate eagerly of them. and it was so full of sweet scent that her heart leaped for joy. and soon the green branches grew thickly intertwined. instead of the work that they used to cut out. in which grew a juniper-tree. long ago. Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye. and seemed mightily delighted. but everything went well with them from that time forward. then another month went by. that she fell on her knees. One winter's day the wife stood under the tree to peel some apples. and first the trees budded in the woods. they laughed and chuckled. and danced and capered and sprang about. she cut her finger. as merry as could be. and the snow had all disappeared.' and as she spoke the words. but when they saw the clothes lying for them. About midnight in they came. The good couple saw them no more. some two thousand years or so. and the blood fell on the snow. dancing and skipping. as red as blood and as white as snow.' sighed the woman heavily. In front of the house there was a court. they laid them on the table. weeping. and as she was peeling them. but still they remained childless. THE JUNIPER-TREE Long. A little while later she called her husband. but sorrowed much that they had no children. and she was so overcome with her happiness. 'If I die. They loved each other dearly. and then the blossoms began to fall. and . and then she grew sad and ill. and she was glad and at peace. and it seemed to her that her wish was granted. and all the earth was green. and then went to sit down to their work as usual. and said to him. Presently the fruit became round and firm. and then went and hid themselves.

'Come with me. 'Mother. and said. the chest had a very heavy lid and a large iron lock. 'Yes.' said the little daughter again. his sorrow grew less. the child of his first wife was a boy. 'may not brother have one too?' The mother was angry at this.' And as he bent over to do so.when she saw that it was as white as snow and as red as blood. and bound it with the handkerchief so that nothing could be seen. 'Mother.' said the wife. The mother loved her daughter very much. and although at times he still grieved over his loss. 'You shall not have one before your brother. and placed him on a chair by the door with an apple in his hand. so that the poor child went about in fear. and wept bitterly for her. and said. 'If only I can prevent anyone knowing that I did it. my child. One day the little daughter came running to her mother in the store-room. She drove him from place to place with cuffings and buffetings. he was able to go about as usual. . 'My son. will you have an apple?' but she gave him a wicked look.' said the boy. He now had a little daughter born to him. give me an apple. So she went upstairs to her room. and she gave her a beautiful apple out of the chest.' Just then she looked out of the window and saw him coming.' she thought. then she set the boy's head again on his shoulders. This evil thought took possession of her more and more. 'Mother. her joy was so great that she died. Then she was overwhelmed with fear at the thought of what she had done.' She threw the apple into the chest and shut it to. and she lifted up the lid of the chest. and had no peace from the time he left school to the time he went back. when he comes out of school. and when she looked at her and then looked at the boy. for she snatched the apple out of her little daughter's hand. it pierced her heart to think that he would always stand in the way of her own child. By degrees. give me an apple.' 'Yes. and it seemed as if an evil spirit entered into her.' she said. and the evil spirit in the wife made her say kindly to him. and later on he married again. and made her behave very unkindly to the boy. The little boy now came in. and off went the little boy's head. and crash! down went the lid. who was as red as blood and as white as snow. and she was continually thinking how she could get the whole of the property for her. 'how dreadful you look! Yes. but she answered.' The thought came to her that she would kill him. and took a white handkerchief out of her top drawer. 'take one out for yourself. however. the evil spirit urged her. Her husband buried her under the juniper-tree.

' And she took the little boy and cut him up.' 'Go to him again. 'and if he does not answer. 'Where is my son?' 'Oh.' So little Marleen went. he did not answer. made him into puddings.' With this he went on with his dinner. 'Brother. he threw the bones under the table.' Then he asked his wife for more pudding. and he never even said goodbye to me!' 'Well. he likes being there. he is well looked after there.Soon after this. then all her sadness seemed to leave her. so you must keep silence. But Marleen stood looking on. he is going to stay there some time.' and then she wept and wept. and wept and wept. what is done can't be undone. 'in case it should not be all right. and that frightened me.' 'I feel very unhappy about it. She was so terrified at this. 'What have you done!' said her mother. and in it she wrapped all the bones from under the table and carried them outside.' but he did not say a word. then she gave him a box on the ear. 'he is gone into the country to his mother's great uncle. 'Oh!' she said. but gave him a large dish of black pudding. and she had no sooner done so. 'Where is my son?' The mother said nothing. and put him in the pot.' said her mother. and all the time she did nothing but weep. 'I have knocked off brother's head. and nothing would stop her. and her tears fell into the pot. give me that apple. and he told me he should be away quite six weeks. and said.' said the husband. so that there was no need of salt. . Little Marleen went upstairs and took her best silk handkerchief out of her bottom drawer. and when I asked him to give me the apple. we will make him into puddings. and said. brother is sitting by the door with an apple in his hand.' 'What has he gone there for. Then she laid them in the green grass under the juniper-tree. and Marleen still wept without ceasing.' answered the wife. and as he ate. and he ought to have said goodbye to me. and he looks so pale. and said. he asked. give him a box on the ear. The father again asked. why do you weep? Brother will soon be back. 'Little Marleen. and his head rolled off. Presently the father came home and sat down to his dinner. that she ran crying and screaming to her mother. 'but no one must know about it. little Marleen came up to her mother who was stirring a pot of boiling water over the fire. 'Mother.

He thought it so beautiful that he got up and ran out. Kywitt. Little Marleen now felt as lighthearted and happy as if her brother were still alive. and the silk handkerchief and the bones were gone. and I will sing it you again. Give that gold chain. what a beautiful bird am I!' The goldsmith was in his workshop making a gold chain.and she wept no more. he still had on his apron. the juniper-tree stood there as before. and she went back to the house and sat down cheerfully to the table and ate. My father grieved when I was gone. take it. My father grieved when I was gone. first away from one another. and still held the gold chain and the pincers in his hands.' 'Here is the chain.' he said. and out of the fire there flew a beautiful bird.' said the bird. The bird flew away and alighted on the house of a goldsmith and began to sing: 'My mother killed her little son. when he heard the song of the bird on his roof. and when it could no more be seen. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.' said the goldsmith. My sister loved me best of all. And now the juniper-tree began to move. while the sun came shining brightly down on the street.' 'Nay.' The bird flew down and took the gold chain in his right claw. as it might be someone clapping their hands for joy. . and as he crossed the threshold he lost one of his slippers. with a slipper on one foot and a sock on the other. and the branches waved backwards and forwards. and then together again. After this a mist came round the tree. singing magnificently. and so he stood gazing up at the bird. and then he alighted again in front of the goldsmith and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. 'Bird. 'how beautifully you sing! Sing me that song again. 'Only sing me that again. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. She laid her kerchief over me. and in the midst of it there was a burning as of fire. that rose high into the air. My sister loved me best of all. But he ran on into the middle of the street.

' said the shoemaker. Kywitt.' 'Wife. and settled on the roof of a shoemaker's house and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. 'now sing me that song again. come out. My father grieved when I was gone. and eyes like two bright stars in its head.' answered the bird.She laid her kerchief over me. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'go into the garret. bring them to me.' The bird flew down and took the red shoes in his left claw.' said the man. .' 'Nay. and its neck like burnished gold. and stood looking up at the bird on the roof with his hand over his eyes to keep himself from being blinded by the sun.' he said.' Then he called his daughter and the children. My sister loved me best of all. on the upper shelf you will see a pair of red shoes. here is a bird. She laid her kerchief over me. then the apprentices.' The wife went in and fetched the shoes. 'sing me that song again. what a beautiful bird am I!' Then he flew away. and then he went back to the roof and sang: 'My mother killed her little son. and he jumped up and ran out in his shirt-sleeves. what a beautiful bird am I!' The shoemaker heard him. and saw how splendid it was with its red and green feathers. 'Bird. My father grieved when I was gone. 'Bird. you must give me something.' said the shoemaker. come and look at it and hear how beautifully it sings. and they all ran up the street to look at the bird. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. 'how beautifully you sing!' Then he called through the door to his wife: 'Wife. She laid her kerchief over me. girls and boys. My sister loved me best of all. bird. 'There. Kywitt. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt.

Kywitt. My sister loved me best of all. what a beautiful bird am I!' When he had finished. Kywitt. click clack. 'Bird. two more men left off and listened.And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. what a beautiful bird am I!' then he looked up and the last one had left off work. He had the chain in his right claw and the shoes in his left. then four more left off.' Inside the mill were twenty of the miller's men hewing a stone. and as they went 'Hick hack.' The bird settled on a lime-tree in front of the mill and sang: 'My mother killed her little son.' he said. click clack. click clack. the juniper-tree. hick hack. and he flew right away to a mill.' answered the bird.' 'Nay. and the mill went 'Click clack. and now only one. 'I do not sing twice for nothing. My father grieved when I was gone. She laid her kerchief over me. hick hack. And took my bones that they might lie now there were only eight at work. Kywitt. Underneath And now only five. then one of the men left off. he flew away.' the mill went 'Click clack. give me that . 'what a beautiful song that is you sing! Let me hear it too. sing it again. click clack.

' said the father. and all the while little Marleen sat in the corner and wept.' said the others: 'if he will sing again.' But little Marleen sat and wept and wept. yes. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. 'I do feel so happy. and little Marleen were having their dinner. My father grieved when I was gone. he spread his wings. and with the chain in his right claw.' said the man.' said the father. . She laid her kerchief over me. and the millstone round his neck. and flew back with it to the tree and sang-'My mother killed her little son. he can have it. 'and how beautifully the sun shines.' 'Ah!' said the wife. 'How lighthearted I feel. The bird now flew to the juniper-tree and began singing: 'My mother killed her little son. 'you should have it. he flew right away to his father's house. and I feel as if there were a fire in my veins.' said the mother. the shoes in his left.' The bird came down. then the bird put his head through the hole and took the stone round his neck like a collar.millstone.' 'If it belonged to me alone. 'I feel so uneasy. 'so pleased and cheerful.' 'And I. I feel just as if I were going to see an old friend again. as if a heavy thunderstorm were coming. Kywitt. The father.' 'Yes. the mother. Then the bird came flying towards the house and settled on the roof. My sister loved me best of all. what a beautiful bird am I!' And when he had finished his song. 'and I am so full of distress and uneasiness that my teeth chatter. and the plate on her knees was wet with her tears.' and she tore open her dress. and all the twenty millers set to and lifted up the stone with a beam. and I will sing it again.

' said the man. 'at the beautiful bird that is singing so magnificently. and said.' But the wife was in such fear and trouble. and what a delicious scent of spice in the air!' My sister loved me best of all. Kywitt. . and looks so beautiful himself. 'Ah. 'I must go outside and see the bird nearer. 'I feel as if the whole house were in flames!' But the man went out and looked at the bird. what a beautiful bird am I!' With that the bird let fall the gold chain.the mother shut her eyes and her ears. and it fell just round the man's neck. that she might see and hear nothing. 'See.' My father grieved when I was gone. that she fell on the floor. then the woman fell down again as if dead. mother. She laid her kerchief over me. He went inside. 'Ah me!' cried the wife. and how warm and bright the sun is. he has given me this beautiful gold chain. then little Marleen laid her head down on her knees and sobbed. but there was a roaring sound in her ears like that of a violent storm. and her cap fell from her head. that I might not hear that song. so that it fitted him exactly. do not go!' cried the wife. Then the bird began again: 'My mother killed her little son. 'if I were but a thousand feet beneath the earth.' said the man. 'Look. And took my bones that they might lie Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. and in her eyes a burning and flashing like lightning: My father grieved when I was gone. what a splendid bird that is.

The father and little Marleen heard the sound and ran out. the one was rich and the other poor. 'I was so miserable. so. 'and see if it will lighten my misery.' The wife sprang up.' But as she crossed the threshold. and when these had passed. 'I will go out too and see if the bird will give me anything.' So she went out. and she was crushed to death. with her hair standing out from her head like flames of fire. she put on the shoes and danced and jumped about in them. crash! the bird threw the millstone down on her head. there was one plant bigger than all the rest. THE TURNIP There were two brothers who were both soldiers. for I feel as if the world were coming to an end. and sowed turnips. but they only saw mist and flame and fire rising from the spot.' said little Marleen. 'Well. but that has all passed away. 'Then I will go out too. Underneath the juniper-tree Kywitt. he became a gardener. there stood the little brother. She laid her kerchief over me. then they all three rejoiced.' she said.' she said. and dug his ground well. When the seed came up. and seemed as if it would never cease growing. and went inside together and sat down to their dinners and ate.My sister loved me best of all. that is indeed a splendid bird. And took my bones that they might lie and he threw down the shoes to her. what a beautiful bird am I!' And she now felt quite happy and lighthearted. so that it might have been called the prince of turnips for . and he took the father and little Marleen by the hand. The poor man thought he would try to better himself. pulling off his red coat. Kywitt. and he has given me a pair of red shoes. 'when I came out. and it kept getting larger and larger.

and got together a rich present of gold and fine horses for the king. and made him so rich that his brother's fortune could not at all be compared with his. and share it between us. and were going to hang him on a tree. and all the world knows him. When he reached home. I have found a hidden treasure. he went to his brother. 'What a wonderful thing!' said the king. and said he knew not what to give in return more valuable and wonderful than the great turnip. they heard the trampling of a . 'I have seen many strange things. and never will again. and your majesty knows him well. and gave it to the king.' Then he gave him gold and lands and flocks. and set to work. let us go and dig it up. and bethought himself how he could contrive to get the same good fortune for himself. nor whether it would be a blessing or a curse to him.' The king then took pity on him.there never was such a one seen before. the little turnips are better than this. and he resolved to kill his brother. everybody forgets me. so the soldier was forced to put it into a cart. 'What shall I do with it? if I sell it. no!' answered the gardener. and as they were travelling along. so I laid aside my red coat. and how a turnip had made the gardener so rich. and for eating. but because I am poor. the murderers rushed out upon him. tilling the ground. and said. who never could get enough to live upon. but such a monster as this I never saw. I am a poor soldier.' Then he yoked his oxen. and thought he must have a much larger gift in return. it will bring no more than another. for if his brother had received so much for only a turnip. he envied him sorely. and having shown them where to lie in ambush. he knew not upon whom to vent his rage and spite. what must his present be wroth? The king took the gift very graciously. 'You shall be poor no longer. and the gardener knew not what in the world to do with it. bound him. you are a true child of fortune. 'I am no child of fortune. and at length wicked thoughts came into his head. he determined to manage more cleverly than his brother. and drag it home with him. the best thing perhaps is to carry it and give it to the king as a mark of respect. I will give you so much that you shall be even richer than your brother. But whilst they were getting all ready. who is rich. When the brother heard of all this. At last it was so big that it filled a cart.' 'Ah. and two oxen could hardly draw it. 'Dear brother. Where did you get the seed? or is it only your good luck? If so. and said. and drew the turnip to the court. I have a brother. So he hired some villains to murder him. One day he said to himself.' The other had no suspicions of his roguery: so they went out together. However.

'let me ascend quickly. and he begged earnestly that he might ascend forthwith. and soon swung up the searcher after wisdom dangling in the air. where they left him dangling. till thou art a wiser man than thou wert. and not knowing where the voice came from. friend?' said he. 'Blessed be the day and hour when I found you. learned great and wondrous things. and shall come forth wiser than the wisest of mankind. by untying yonder cord. 'Lift up thine eyes. till he made a hole large enough to put out his head. A little longer. and seeing no one. the healing of the sick. and of precious stones. the virtues of all simples. who was journeying along on his nag.' As he began to put himself into the sack heels first. 'that is not the way.' cried he. Compared to this seat. he trotted off on the student's nag. and singing as he went. When the horseman came up. Meantime he worked and worked away. 'Who calls me?' Then the man in the tree answered. for behold here I sit in the sack of wisdom. cried out. Wert thou but once here.' So the student let him down. all the learning of the schools is as empty air. but thou must tarry yet an hour below. a merry fellow. till I have learnt some little matters that are yet unknown to me.' said the gardener. but the time hung heavy upon him. in a short time. and I shall know all that man can know. As soon as the man in the sack saw him passing under the tree. and swung him up by a cord to the tree. he proved to be a student. 'Wait a while. 'Now then. he cried out. and then thou shalt enter. Then the other pretended to give way. and said. 'Good morning! good morning to thee. for his thirst for knowledge was great. as if very unwillingly. though wouldst feel and own the power of knowledge. 'Thou must let the sack of wisdom descend. of birds. 'A little space I may allow thee to sit here. my friend. the number of the sands on the seashore. here have I. if thou wilt reward me well and entreat me kindly.' Then he pushed him in head first. which so frightened them that they pushed their prisoner neck and shoulders together into a sack. and set him free. 'dost thou not feel that wisdom comes unto thee? Rest there in peace. opened the sack. and ran away. the laws that control the winds.' So the student sat himself down and waited a while. The student listened to all this and wondered much. at last he said. Here I discern the signs and motions of the heavens and the stars.horse at a distance. tied up the sack. and left the poor fellow . cannot you contrive to let me into the sack for a little while?' Then the other answered. my friend!' The student looked about everywhere. 'How is it with thee.' So saying.

'Good evening.' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans.' 'Good evening.' 'Never mind. she gave me something. Hans.' 'Goodbye.' Hans takes the needle. Hans. You should have stuck the needle in your sleeve. I want to have something given me. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'Good day.' 'Goodbye. you should have put the knife in your pocket.' What did you take her?' 'Took her nothing. Goodbye. will do better next time. 'Good day.' 'Good evening. Gretel.' 'Behave well. Gretel. mother. Hans.' 'Behave well. Hans. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing.to gather wisdom till somebody should come and let him down.' 'Good day.' Hans takes the goat.' . and follows the cart home.' 'Goodbye. Hans. CLEVER HANS The mother of Hans said: 'Whither away.' 'Never mind. Hans.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me a goat. sticks it in his sleeve.' 'Oh. Hans.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a knife. Gretel. mother.' 'Where is the needle. Hans?' 'Stuck in the hay-cart. Hans. I'll behave well.' Gretel presents Hans with a needle.' 'Goodbye. Hans. mother.' 'Whither away. I'll behave well.' 'Goodbye.' 'That's ill done. 'Goodbye.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Behave well. Hans.' 'That was ill done. 'Good evening. mother. Gretel.' Hans takes the knife. Hans. mother.' Gretel presents Hans with a young goat.' 'Where is the goat. I'll behave well. 'Good evening. Hans says: 'Goodbye. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing. you should have put a rope round the goat's neck. When he gets home it is suffocated. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'Goodbye. Hans?' Hans answered: 'To Gretel. Gretel. mother. 'Good day.' Gretel presents Hans with a knife. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. Gretel. I'll do better next time.' 'What did you take her?' 'Took nothing. Hans.' 'Whither away. 'Good day. Hans?' 'Stuck in my sleeve. mother. had something given me. she gave me something.' 'Good day. and puts it in his pocket.' 'Oh. What do you bring that is good?' 'I bring nothing. will do better next time.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a needle. and goes home.' 'Never mind. Goodbye.' 'Oh.' 'Where is the knife. Hans. ties its legs. Hans. Hans?' 'Put it in my pocket. Hans. I want to have something given to me. mother. Goodbye.' 'Good evening. sticks it into a hay-cart. I want something given me. 'Goodbye. Hans. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'That was ill done.

Hans?' 'To Gretel. 'Good day.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took nothing.' 'Never mind. brought it home.' 'Good day. but would have something given.' 'Never mind. Gretel.' 'Behave well. leads her to the rack. Goodbye. mother. and drags it away behind him. Hans. will do better next time.' 'Good evening. Hans.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'Gave me a bit of bacon. Hans. ties it to a rope. dogs took it.' 'Behave well. Goodbye.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Hans?' 'To Gretel.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'A calf.' 'Goodbye.' 'Goodbye. 'Good evening. he has the rope in his hand. I'll behave well.' 'That was ill done. mother. 'Good evening.' Hans takes the calf. but would have something given. and put it in the stall. she gave me something.' 'Good evening. Gretel.' 'Goodbye. Hans. mother. Goodbye. but had something given me.' 'Where have you left Gretel?' 'I led her by the rope. Hans.' 'I'll behave well. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'Oh. 'Good day. Hans. and scattered some grass for her.' 'What did Gretel give you?' 'She gave me nothing.' 'That was ill done. Hans.' 'Where have you the calf.' 'Where is the bacon. and the calf kicks his face.' 'I'll behave well. Then Hans goes to his mother. Gretel.' Hans takes the bacon.' Hans takes Gretel. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Whither away. 'Goodbye.' 'Good day. Gretel. tied her to the rack. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing.' 'Good day.' .' Hans comes to Gretel. Hans. Hans?' 'I set it on my head and it kicked my face.' 'Good evening. mother. mother. will do better. Hans. puts it on his head. you should have carried the bacon on your head. mother.'Whither away. I want something given me. Where have you been?' 'With Gretel.' 'Goodbye.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf. Hans?' 'To Gretel. Hans. 'Goodbye. Hans. Hans. mother. 'Good day. Hans.' 'Goodbye. you should have cast friendly eyes on her. Hans. ties her to a rope. mother. 'Good evening. mother. The dogs come and devour the bacon.' 'That was ill done. Hans.' 'Never mind. When he gets home. you should have led the calf. will do better next time. she came with me.' 'What did you take her?' 'I took her nothing. Hans.' Hans comes to Gretel.' 'Whither away. and there is no longer anything hanging on to it.' 'Behave well. Hans?' 'I tied it to a rope. Hans.' Gretel presents Hans with a piece of bacon. What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing. Gretel.' Gretel says to Hans: 'I will go with you. and binds her fast.

and they cut the eyes and tongue out of a deer that they might carry them to the old man as a token. who had an only son.' Then the father fell into a rage and said: 'Oh. and kill him. called his people thither.' said the lord of the castle. what have you learnt?' 'Father. When he came back the father again asked: 'My son. I will give you into the care of a celebrated master. try as I will I can get nothing into your head. was without fear. I have learnt what the birds say. tore herself loose and ran away. The youth wandered on.' They took him forth. what have you learnt?' He answered: 'Father. At the end of this time. which bark and howl without stopping. it is at the peril of your life. I have this year learnt what the frogs croak. I drive him forth. who shall see what he can do with you. and remained a whole year with the master. Then said the father: 'Hark you. You must go from hence. you have spent the precious time and learnt nothing. 'is that all you have learnt? I will send you into another town. they could not do it for pity. and was no longer the bride of Hans. and his father asked: 'Now.Hans went into the stable. and could learn nothing. whom they at once devour. and at certain hours a man has to be given to them.' The whole district was in sorrow and dismay because of them.' The youth was sent into a strange town. and said: 'This man is no longer my son. for it is full of wild dogs.' The youth remained a whole year with the third master also. but when they should have killed him. but I warn you. you lost man. but if you learn nothing this time also. The youth. and after some time came to a fortress where he begged for a night's lodging. THE THREE LANGUAGES An aged count once lived in Switzerland. to another master. and command you to take him out into the forest. I have learnt what the dogs say when they bark. my son.' The youth was taken thither. and when he came home again. cut out all the calves' and sheep's eyes. sprang up. are you not ashamed to appear before my eyes? I will send you to a third master. however. what have you learnt?' he answered: 'Dear father. and stayed a year with this master likewise. and let him go. and yet no one could do anything to stop this. 'if you will pass the night down there in the old tower. I will no longer be your father. he came home again. 'Yes. and give me something that I can throw to . Then Gretel became angry.' Then the father fell into the most furious anger. and said: 'Just let me go down to the barking dogs. and his father inquired: 'My son.' 'Lord have mercy on us!' cried the father. my son. but he was stupid. go thither. and threw them in Gretel's face.

and did not hurt one hair of his head. and did not know one word of it. and they can have no rest until it is taken away. and much esteemed in the world. to the astonishment of everyone. but wagged their tails quite amicably around him. After some time he took it in his head that he would travel to Rome. Then he had to sing a mass. why they dwell there. He was undecided. how are you? How is all with you? How are you getting on in these hard . Then was he anointed and consecrated. the dogs did not bark at him. which had so affected him. in their own language. and at length he said yes. and thus was fulfilled what he had heard from the frogs on his way.' As he himself would have it so. and as he knew what he had to do. he came out again safe and unharmed. and said it all in his ear. in which a number of frogs were sitting croaking. and knew not if he were worthy of this. and the country was freed from the trouble. Next morning. and as she thought to herself: 'He is clever and full of experience. and suddenly two snow-white doves flew on his shoulders and remained sitting there. They are bewitched. and when he became aware of what they were saying.' Then all who heard this rejoiced.' she spoke to him in a friendly way. they will do nothing to harm me. At last he arrived in Rome. and there was great doubt among the cardinals as to whom they should appoint as his successor. and the lord of the castle said he would adopt him as a son if he accomplished it successfully. and brought a chest full of gold out with him. and led him down to the tower. The howling of the wild dogs was henceforth heard no more. 'Good day. and asked him on the spot if he would be pope.them. He listened to them. from their discourse. he grew very thoughtful and sad. and bring evil on the land. dear Mr Fox. where the Pope had just died. He went down again. and I have likewise learnt. On the way he passed by a marsh. how that is to be done. but the two doves sat continually on his shoulders. When he went inside. he did it thoroughly. ate what he set before them. and are obliged to watch over a great treasure which is below in the tower. and said to the lord of the castle: 'The dogs have revealed to me. THE FOX AND THE CAT It happened that the cat met the fox in a forest. They at length agreed that the person should be chosen as pope who should be distinguished by some divine and miraculous token. that he was to be his Holiness the Pope. they had disappeared. they gave him some food for the wild animals. but the doves counselled him to do it. And just as that was decided on. the young count entered into the church. The ecclesiastics recognized therein the token from above.

you hungry mouse-hunter.' So each brother went his way. . but this day four years we will come back to this spot. you piebald fool. 'go with me.' said the man.' said a poor man to his four sons. and sat down at the top of it. and asked him where he was going.' said the other. 'When the hounds are following me. 'you need not fear the gallows. that nothing could escape him that he had once set his mind upon. Then the eldest said. I can spring into a tree and save myself. 'What art is that?' asked the fox. At last he said: 'Oh. 'I am master of a hundred arts. I will teach you how people get away from the hounds.' replied the cat. but the dogs had already seized him.' cried the cat. you must go out into the wide world and try your luck.times?' The fox.' cried the cat to him.' 'Is that all?' said the fox. and see how you can get on. and what he wanted. When they had got on some way they came to four crossways.' So the four brothers took their walking-sticks in their hands.' THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS 'Dear children.' 'No. you would not have lost your life. and for a long time did not know whether he would give any answer or not. come with me. Mr Fox. and have into the bargain a sackful of cunning. full of all kinds of arrogance. 'Open your sack. modestly. Begin by learning some craft or another. where the branches and foliage quite concealed her. and after bidding their father goodbye. and were holding him fast. 'I have nothing to give you. and should like to begin by learning some art or trade. what can you be thinking of? Have you the cheek to ask how I am getting on? What have you learnt? How many arts do you understand?' 'I understand but one. and in the meantime each must try what he can do for himself. Mr Fox. and what can one look to earn by it in the end but the gallows?' 'Oh!' said the man. you wretched beard-cleaner. and as the eldest was hastening on a man met him.' Just then came a hunter with four dogs. 'You with your hundred arts are left in the lurch! Had you been able to climb like me. and I will teach you to become the cunningest thief that ever was.' answered he. 'that is not an honest calling. 'I am going to try my luck in the world. 'Here we must part. The cat sprang nimbly up a tree. 'Ah. each leading to a different country. and their little bundles on their shoulders. You make me sorry for you. open your sack.' So the young man agreed to follow his trade. and where no one can find you out. and he soon showed himself so clever. went all out at the gate together. looked at the cat from head to foot. 'Then. for I will only teach you to steal what will be fair game: I meddle with nothing but what no one else can get or care anything about.

who. he gave him a glass. tell me how many eggs there are in it. at the time agreed upon. and brought away to his father the five eggs from under the bird. but kept sitting on at its ease. 'that is not my sort of tailoring. set off towards their father's home. 'With this you can see all that is passing in the sky and on earth. 'Cut all the eggs in two pieces at one shot. and said to the second son.' The huntsman took up his bow. 'At the top of this tree there is a chaffinch's nest. and he soon became such a skilful star-gazer. and nothing can be hidden from you. and taught him so well all that belonged to hunting. and having welcomed each other. and you will learn quite another kind of craft from that. 'Would not you like. that he became very clever in the craft of the woods. and said.' The star-gazer took his glass.' Not knowing what better to do.' After the space of four years. and at one shot struck all the five eggs as his father wished. as they were sitting before the house under a very high tree.' The plan pleased him much. and when he left his master. and said. working backwards and forwards with a needle and goose. and wanted to leave his master.' The youngest brother likewise met a man who asked him what he wished to do. and said to the huntsman. Then the father took the eggs. will never suit me. come with me.' said he.' So the cunning thief climbed up the tree. where they told him all that had happened to them. who took him with him. be it as soft as an egg or as hard as steel. 'I should like to try what each of you can do in this way.' said the father to the eldest son. no!' said the young man. and said. for nothing can be hidden from you. when once you understand the stars.' So he looked up.' 'Now. the father said.The second brother also met a man. he came into the plan. Then.' The third brother met a huntsman. and when he left his master he gave him a bow. one day. and it never saw or felt what he was doing. 'take away the eggs without letting the bird that is sitting upon them and hatching them know anything of what you are doing. 'I do not know yet. the four brothers met at the four cross-roads. asked him what craft he meant to follow. It is a noble art. and be a star-gazer. 'Five. he gave him a needle. . and the joint will be so fine that no seam will be seen.' 'Oh!' answered the man. and the fifth in the middle. that when he had served out his time. and learnt tailoring from the beginning. 'You can sew anything with this. 'to be a tailor?' 'Oh. 'sitting cross-legged from morning to night. and said. and put one on each corner of the table. and how each had learned some craft. 'Then come with me. when he found out what he was setting out upon.' said he. 'Whatever you shoot at with this bow you will be sure to hit. looked up.

'I dare not shoot at him. Oh.' said the thief. that a time might soon come for you to turn your skill to some account!' Not long after this there was a great bustle in the country.' Then the tailor took his needle. and sewed the eggs as he was told. for the king's daughter had been carried off by a mighty dragon. Then she went on sitting.' 'Then I will try my skill. and wanted to pounce upon them and carry off the princess. guarding her. There they found the princess sitting.' Then he went to the king. and the king mourned over his loss day and night. and they then reached the ship and got home safe. and went and stole her away from under the dragon. 'for I should kill the beautiful young lady also. as he looked through his glass. on the rock. sons!' said the old man. sitting upon a rock in the sea. Then away they hastened with her full of joy in their boat towards the ship. 'you have made good use of your time. 'Here is a chance for us. the thief was sent to take them back to the nest. as the star-gazer had said. and had only a little red streak across their necks. and they sailed together over the sea. and the dragon was lying asleep. But when he got over the boat. and with a few large stitches put some of the planks together. and asked for a ship for himself and his brothers. So the tailor took his needle. 'I see her afar off. with his head upon her lap. the huntsman took up his bow and shot him straight through the heart so that he fell down dead. and I can spy the dragon close by.' And they agreed to see whether they could not set the princess free. and made it known that whoever brought her back to him should have her for a wife. so neatly that the shot shall have done them no harm. and hatched them: and in a few days they crawled out. till they came to the right place. and learnt something worth the knowing. 'Well done. and they had to swim in the open sea upon a few planks. and he sat down upon these. so quietly and gently that the beast did not know it. Then the four brothers said to each other. but soon came the dragon roaring behind them through the air. where the tailor had sewn them together.'Now comes your turn.' said the huntsman. and put them under the bird without its knowing it. however. .' said the star-gazer. They were still not safe. and when he had done. 'sew the eggs and the young birds in them together again. let us try what we can do. and then tacked them together so quickly that the boat was soon ready. for he was such a great beast that in his fall he overset the boat. for he awoke and missed the princess.' said he to the young tailor. but I am sure I do not know which ought to have the prize. and he soon cried out. and sailed about and gathered up all pieces of the boat. 'I will soon find out where she is. but went on snoring.

When they had brought home the princess to her father. But to make up for your loss. This grieved him very much. The eldest wished for pearls. he had bought pearls and jewels for the two eldest. therefore she ought to be mine. there was great rejoicing. 'If I had not found the princess out. but before he went he asked each daughter what gift he should bring back for her. the best way is for neither of you to have her: for the truth is. 'Each of you is right. was once setting out upon a journey. and when he went into any garden and asked for such a thing. and asked him whether he thought roses grew in snow. than to let either the dragon or one of the craftsmen have her again. So he kissed all three. and was very fond of flowers. her father said he would try what he could do. half a kingdom.' 'Your seeing her would have been of no use.' 'And if I had not sewn the boat together again. and bid them goodbye. On one side the . and said. And when the time came for him to go home. after all. for Lily was his dearest child. yet as she was his prettiest daughter.' said the thief.' Now it was no easy task to find a rose.' Then the king put in a word.' said the tailor. there is somebody she likes a great deal better. and he said to the four brothers. and around the castle was a garden. and they lived very happily the rest of their days. who had three daughters. and somebody took better care of the young lady. LILY AND THE LION A merchant. and as all cannot have the young lady. 'you would all have been drowned. bring me a rose. and as he was journeying home. the second for jewels. thinking what he should bring her. and took good care of their father. have torn you and the princess into pieces.' said the huntsman. he would. said. And the king then gave to each half a kingdom. but he had sought everywhere in vain for the rose.' So the brothers agreed that this plan would be much better than either quarrelling or marrying a lady who had no mind to have them. in one half of which it seemed to be summer-time and in the other half winter. who was called Lily.' 'No. 'for if I had not killed the dragon. the people laughed at him. 'Dear father. but you must settle amongst yourselves which it is to be. all your skill would have been of no use. 'One of you shall marry her. 'if I had not taken her away from the dragon. he came to a fine castle. as a reward for his skill. therefore she is mine. for it was the middle of winter. and the star-gazer said.' Then there arose a quarrel between them. therefore she ought to be mine. I will give each of you. she is mine. as he had said. but the third.

and kissed him. it was Lily. But her father began to be very sorrowful. 'Tomorrow there will be a great feast in your father's house. but in the evening they took their right forms again. and roared out. and everyone was overjoyed to see her. the word you have given must be kept. they were riding away well pleased.' And at last the man yielded with a heavy heart. for I have said I would give you to a wild lion.' The next morning she asked the way she was to go. and the rose too for your daughter. and soothe him: perhaps he will let me come safe home again. and went away by himself.' But the man was unwilling to do so and said. And when Lily came to the castle. saying. and said. she knew not whither. I will give you your life. she was still more glad. and said he would give the lion whatever should meet him first on his return.' Then he told her all that had happened. he welcomed her so courteously that she agreed to marry him. let what would happen.' Then she rejoiced much at the thoughts of seeing her father once more. But she comforted him. and told him to go to a beautiful bed of roses that was there. I will go to the lion. but every morning he left his bride. And as he came near home. who loves me most. when up sprang a fierce lion. and welcomed him home. he will tear you in pieces. and when she saw that he had brought her the rose. 'nothing. and if you wish to go and visit her my lions shall lead you thither. and said she should not go. and said. and bring him away one of the finest flowers. and took the rose. his youngest and dearest daughter. and they lived happily together a long time. This done. By day he and all his court were lions. and then he held his court. for they had . and on the other everything looked dreary and buried in the snow. 'Whoever has stolen my roses shall be eaten up alive!' Then the man said. and took leave of her father. my dearest child! I have bought this flower at a high price. unless you undertake to give me whatever meets you on your return home. The prince was only to be seen as soon as evening came. if you agree to this. and always runs to meet me when I go home. that met him. and when he has you. can nothing save my life?' 'No!' said the lion. After some time he said to her. 'Alas. she came running. till the night came again. as he called to his servant. for your eldest sister is to be married. and eat you. 'I knew not that the garden belonged to you.' Then the servant was greatly frightened. 'Dear father. and to weep. The wedding-feast was held. and went forth with a bold heart into the wood. 'It may perhaps be only a cat or a dog. But the lion was an enchanted prince.finest flowers were in full bloom. and set out with the lions. 'It may be my youngest daughter. 'A lucky hit!' said he.

' But he would not. but.' Then she thanked the moon. but every now and then I will let fall a white feather. and said. and looked neither to the right hand nor to the left. and thought to herself that the time was fast coming when all her troubles should end. In a moment he disappeared. unluckily. and when the moon arose. However. a very small ray of light fell upon the prince. and every now and then a white feather fell. 'I have not seen it. Then the wedding was held with great pomp. and took with them their little child. But she told them how happy she was. and it said to her. and then went back to the wood. and said that it would be a very hazardous thing. and be forced to wander about the world for seven long years. 'Thou shinest through the night. So at last they set out together.' said the sun. and when Lily was asked to go to the wedding. but as the train came from the church. and went on till the night-wind blew. that will show you the way I am going. and went on her way till eventide.thought her dead long since. and stayed till the feast was over.' So she went to the sun and said. and showed her the way she was to journey. for he should be changed into a dove.' thought she to herself. but I will give thee a casket--open it when thy hour of need comes. 'I will not go alone this time--you must go with me. he flew out at the door.' So she thanked the sun. Then she began to be glad. 'Seven years must I fly up and down over the face of the earth.' This said. nor took any rest. for if the least ray of the torch-light should fall upon him his enchantment would become still worse. for seven years. she cried unto it. yet repose was still far off. follow it. and she chose a large hall with thick walls for him to sit in while the wedding-torches were lighted. and when his wife came in and looked for him. 'no aid of man can be of use to me. Thus she went roving on through the wide world. she said to the prince. on the hill's top and the valley's depth--hast thou anywhere seen my white dove?' 'No. 'Thou blowest through every tree and under every leaf--hast thou not seen my white dove?' 'No.' said the . Her second sister was soon after married. and she raised up her voice to it. and at last you may overtake and set me free. and said. and poor Lily followed.' said the moon. over field and grove--hast thou nowhere seen my white dove?' 'No. and said she would take care no light should fall upon him. 'Now. she gave him no rest. 'Thou shinest everywhere. she found only a white dove. for one day as she was travelling on she missed the white feather. 'I cannot help thee but I will give thee an egg--break it when need comes. and passed with the torches before the hall. and when she lifted up her eyes she could nowhere see the dove. no one saw that there was a crack in the door.

and she sat herself down at his feet. and all the people gazed upon her. 'As far as the wind blows. throw it down. she was led into his chamber. and went off carrying the prince away with her. Thus the unhappy traveller was again forsaken and forlorn. but she told her chamberlain to give the prince a sleeping draught. So she put it on. I have been to the sun. and she said. and out of the waters will immediately spring up a high nut-tree on which the griffin will be able to rest. 'I will give thee counsel.' Then the east wind and the west wind came. 'Not for gold and silver. and the night-wind. but she took heart and said. and the dragon is an enchanted princess. and so the lion will have the victory. 'Let me speak with the bridegroom this night in his chamber.' At last the princess agreed. 'but for flesh and blood. and the prince had fallen asleep. and smote the dragon.night-wind. and she heard that the wedding was about to be held. and said: 'I have followed thee seven years. on the right shore stand many rods--count them. and I will give thee the dress. and there he is fighting with a dragon. and she took the casket that the sun had given her. Go to the Red Sea. 'but I will ask three other winds. 'When you are half-way over. and the dress pleased the bride so much that she asked whether it was to be sold. break it off. but the south wind said. and when thou comest to the eleventh. 'Heaven aid me now!' said she. for the seven years are passed away. perhaps they have seen it. long way. the moon.' Then the night-wind said. than she seized the prince by the arm and sprang on to the griffin's back. and said they too had not seen it. winged like bird. thou dost forget to throw down the nut. who seeks to separate him from you. and both of them will appear to you in their own forms. and he will carry you over the waters to your home. and found all as the night-wind had said.' She went on for a long. When evening came.' continued the night-wind. jump on to his back with thy beloved one as quickly as possible. and the dragon a princess again. I will also give thee this nut. But no sooner was the princess released from the spell. Then look round and thou wilt see a griffin. otherwise he would not have the strength to bear you the whole way. that he might not hear or see her.' said she.' So our poor wanderer went forth. and found that within it lay a dress as dazzling as the sun itself. sitting by the Red Sea. and there was a feast got ready. if. I will journey on. and the lion forthwith became a prince. till at length she came to the castle whither the princess had carried the prince. and at last I have helped thee to overcome . 'I have seen the white dove--he has fled to the Red Sea. therefore. and so long as the cock crows.' The princess asked what she meant. and she plucked the eleventh rod. he will let you both fall into the sea. till I find him once again. and went into the palace. and smite the dragon with it. and is changed once more into a lion. to seek thee.

the dragon. Then poor Lily was led away. I shall not take you back again until you are . and then carried them safely home. THE FOX AND THE HORSE A farmer had a horse that had been an excellent faithful servant to him: but he was now grown too old to work. who flew back with them over the Red Sea. and was to come again that night.' And they stole away out of the palace by night unawares. and when she saw that there was no help for her. There they found their child. But as she sat she bethought herself of the egg that the moon had given her. so the farmer would give him nothing more to eat. and I will give thee the whole brood. that her voice only passed over him. and sat herself down and wept. she went out into a meadow. for the strange princess had thrown a spell around me. Wilt thou then forget me quite?' But the prince all the time slept so soundly. And the chamberlain told him all--how he had given him a sleeping draught. but for flesh and blood: let me again this evening speak with the bridegroom in his chamber. and then nestled under the old one's wings. and sprang up. and agreed to what she asked: but when the prince went to his chamber he asked the chamberlain why the wind had whistled so in the night. And she rose up and drove them before her. and after all their troubles they lived happily together to the end of their days. and immediately a large nut-tree arose from the sea. but Heaven hath sent you to me in a lucky hour. Then the prince took care to throw away the sleeping draught. he knew his beloved wife's voice. there ran out a hen and twelve chickens of pure gold. and when she broke it. and how faithful and true to him she had been. 'Not for gold or silver. so take yourself off out of my stable. whereon the griffin rested for a while. and said. and seemed like the whistling of the wind among the fir-trees. and said. 'I want you no longer. and seated themselves on the griffin. and was so pleased that she came forth and asked her if she would sell the brood.' Then the princess thought to betray her as before. so as to form the most beautiful sight in the world. till the bride saw them from her window. that played about. so that I had altogether forgotten you. and how a poor maiden had come and spoken to him in his chamber. and when Lily came and began again to tell him what woes had befallen her. now grown up to be comely and fair. and forced to give up the golden dress. 'You have awakened me as from a dream. When they were half-way across Lily let the nut fall into the water.

dragging the lion behind him. The poor horse was very melancholy. the fox said. and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house. his heart relented.' Then he opened the door and turned him adrift. 'Jip! Dobbin! Jip!' Then up he sprang.' However. and eat him at your leisure. THE BLUE LIGHT There was once upon a time a soldier who for many years had served the king faithfully. and said. but when the war came to an end could serve no longer because of the many wounds which he had received. 'justice and avarice never dwell in one house. But the fox managed to tie his legs together and bound all so hard and fast that with all his strength he could not set himself free.stronger than a lion.' And so the poor old horse had plenty to eat. my master has forgotten all that I have done for him so many years. or he would not talk so. The king said to him: . 'A little way off lies a dead horse. and he said. so he laid himself down quietly for the fox to make him fast to the horse. 'Thou shalt stay in thy stable and be well taken care of. and said. my friend?' said he. and lived--till he died. lie down there. 'I have got the better of him': and when the farmer saw his old servant. 'why do you hang down your head and look so lonely and woe-begone?' 'Ah!' replied the horse.' said he. and wandered up and down in the wood.' The horse did as he was told. and when they came to the horse.' The lion was greatly pleased. and because I can no longer work he has turned me adrift. 'I will help you. but the horse let him sing on. stretch yourself out quite stiff. I'll tell you what--I will tie you fast to his tail. When the work was done. master. till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright. come with me and you may make an excellent meal of his carcase. and pretend to be dead. and the fox went straight to the lion who lived in a cave close by. and moved off. 'You will not be able to eat him comfortably here. and then you can draw him to your den. what chance can I have of that? he knows I have none. the fox bid him be of good cheer. Presently a fox met him: 'What's the matter. 'Here he is. and set off immediately.' This advice pleased the lion. seeking some little shelter from the cold wind and rain. The beast began to roar and bellow. and said to him. the fox clapped the horse on the shoulder. and says unless I become stronger than a lion he will not take me back again.

' said the little man. When he was above. and said: 'Lord. The poor soldier fell without injury on the moist ground. and chop it small. 'who gives anything to a run-away soldier? Yet will I be compassionate. and made her a signal to draw him up again. 'Good. and carry her before the judge. but when he came near the edge. quite astonished. 'I will not give you the light until I am standing with both feet upon the ground. lit it at the blue light and began to smoke. but could not finish it by the evening. and in the evening the witch proposed that he should stay one night more. 'This shall be my last pleasure. went away greatly troubled. let him fall again into the well. Behind my house. there is an old dry well. On the way the dwarf showed him the treasures which the witch had collected and hidden there. and came to a house wherein lived a witch. and a little to eat and drink. until in the evening he entered a forest. and you shall bring it up again. which was still half full. into which my light has fallen. tomorrow. suddenly a little black dwarf stood before him.' Then the soldier did not know how to earn a living. and let him down in a basket. 'No. and led him through an underground passage. Nor was it long before the little man . it burns blue.' said the soldier. 'then in the first place help me out of this well. 'Do give me one night's lodging. and walked the whole day. and take you in.' 'What do you wish?' said the soldier. which he went up to.' 'Oho!' she answered. 'that you can do no more today. you shall only do me a very trifling piece of work.' thought he. but I will keep you yet another night. pulled it out. he said to the little man: 'Now go and bind the old witch. He found the blue light.'You may return to your home.' The little man took him by the hand.' In a short time she came by like the wind. and you will not receive any more money. When darkness came on. and never goes out.' Next day the old woman took him to the well. and the blue light went on burning. then suddenly he felt in his pocket and found his tobacco pipe. 'I see well enough. riding on a wild tom-cat and screaming frightfully. but he did not forget to take the blue light with him.' The soldier consented. She did draw him up. 'or I shall starve.' said he. in payment for which you must tomorrow chop me a load of wood. she stretched down her hand and wanted to take the blue light away from him. he saw a light. for he only receives wages who renders me service for them. and next day laboured with all his strength. 'Tomorrow.' The witch fell into a passion. and the soldier took as much gold as he could carry. perceiving her evil intention. 'That you should dig all round my garden for me.' said he to her.' The soldier spent the whole day in doing it. what are your commands?' 'What my commands are?' replied the soldier. and went away. 'I must do everything you bid me. but of what use was that to him? He saw very well that he could not escape death.' said the witch. if you will do what I wish. He sat for a while very sorrowfully. I need you no longer. When the smoke had circled about the cavern.

'At this moment. and yet I am just as tired as if I really had done everything. 'It is all done. and the manikin carried in the princess. without opposition. he ordered her to come to his chair. 'you can return home. and I had to wait upon him like a servant. 'I will give you a piece of advice. and told him that she had had a very strange dream. What further commands has my lord?' inquired the dwarf.' said she. however.' said the king. only be at hand immediately.' But unseen by the king. they will fall out and leave a track in the streets. if I summon you. for if it is discovered. At night when the sleeping princess was again carried through the streets. bring her here in her sleep. 'I was carried through the streets with the rapidity of lightning. and do all kinds of menial work. the door sprang open. but a very dangerous thing for you. It was only a dream. and I will appear before you at once. Next morning when the princess arose she went to her father. none. and laid her in her bed. and now I want to take my revenge. some peas certainly did fall out of her pocket. ordered himself handsome clothes. Next morning the king sent his people out to seek the track.reappeared. the manikin carried her back to the royal palace.' 'Nothing more is needed than that you should light your pipe at the blue light. She. 'and taken into a soldier's room.' said he. but he has dismissed me. clean his boots.' 'What am I to do?' asked the little man. the manikin was standing beside him when he said that. and left me to hunger. and clean and brighten them. And again the princess was compelled to do servant's work until cock-crow. and then if you are carried away again. and make a small hole in the pocket.' Thereupon he vanished from his sight. 'Aha! are you there?' cried the soldier. when the king's daughter is in bed.' When she had done this. sweep his room.' When twelve o'clock had struck.' and then he threw them in her face. Fill your pocket full of peas. and then he stretched out his feet and said: 'Pull off my boots. for the crafty manikin had just before scattered peas in every street there was. silently and with half-shut eyes. she shall do servant's work for me. you will fare ill. The soldier returned to the town from which he came. He went to the best inn. When the first cock crowed. 'Late at night. he summoned the little black manikin and said: 'I have served the king faithfully.' The manikin said: 'That is an easy thing for me to do. 'and the witch is already hanging on the gallows. 'get to your work at once! Fetch the broom and sweep the chamber. When it was ready and the soldier had taken possession of it.' answered the soldier. did everything he bade her.' 'The dream may have been true. and heard all. but they made no track. and made her pick them up again. but it was . and then bade the landlord furnish him a room as handsome as possible.

' 'We must think of something else. and spare not the king who has treated me so ill.all in vain. and that if the shoe were found in the soldier's house it would go badly with him. only take the blue light with you. 'That I may smoke one more pipe on my way. When he was led forth to die. said to him: 'Be so kind as to fetch me the small bundle I have left lying in the inn. It was found at the soldier's. he lighted his pipe and summoned the black manikin. The soldier tapped at the pane of glass. and did not venture to stir again. the manikin was there with a small cudgel in his hand. the judge condemned him to death. darting this way and that way.' 'You may smoke three. who at the entreaty of the dwarf had gone outside the gate. I will soon contrive to find it.' answered the king. and when this man came up. 'but do not imagine that I will spare your life. and whosoever was so much as touched by his cudgel fell to earth.' The black manikin heard this plot. last night. but before she went away. and though he had done nothing wicked. and thrown into prison. he was standing at the window of his dungeon. and his constable. 'Go wheresoever they take you. As soon as the soldier was alone again. and at night when the soldier again ordered him to bring the princess. revealed it to him. 'What is it?' asked the king. the blue light and the gold. and I will give you a ducat for doing it. when he chanced to see one of his comrades passing by.' Next day the soldier was tried. and told him that he knew of no expedient to counteract this stratagem. hide one of them there. 'Have no fear.' said the king. and before you come back from the place where you are taken. was soon brought back. for in every street poor children were sitting. In his flight he had forgotten the most valuable things he had.' said the latter to his master. he begged a last favour of the king.' Then the soldier pulled out his pipe and lighted it at the blue light. she hid her shoe under the bed.' replied the soldier. and his daughter to wife.' His comrade ran thither and brought him what he wanted. and again this third night the princess was obliged to work like a servant. gave him his kingdom for his own. and as soon as a few wreaths of smoke had ascended. And now loaded with chains. 'keep your shoes on when you go to bed. and merely to be allowed to live at all. Next morning the king had the entire town searched for his daughter's shoe. and had only one ducat in his pocket. and the soldier himself. . 'Do what I bid you. and let them do what they will. picking up peas. The king was terrified.' Then the manikin fell on them like lightning. he threw himself on the soldier's mercy. and saying: 'It must have rained peas. and said: 'What does my lord command?' 'Strike down to earth that false judge there.

'Go farther into the wood until you come to a house. and he followed the sound of the voice. 'I am by birth a king's daughter. the old woman met him. but in another minute . As it drew towards the appointed hour. but the raven said. you will fall into a deep sleep. the raven said. One day the child was very troublesome. and the mother could not quiet it. you can. and meanwhile the parents could hear nothing of their child.' and at last he allowed himself to be persuaded. and said: 'I wish you were a raven and would fly away. and urged him saying. he went outside into the garden and mounted the tan-heap to await the raven. and will not be able to help me. do what she would. She grew impatient. 'Poor man! how tired you are! Come in and rest and let me give you something to eat and drink. 'If you will not eat anything. fully determined. to keep awake. Long after this. I shall drive there in my carriage at two o'clock in the afternoon for three successive days. and drank. then I should have a little peace. the first day it will be drawn by four white.' But she would not leave him alone. a man was making his way through the wood when he heard a raven calling.' The man assured her again that he would on no account touch a thing to eat or drink. if you do. She replied. When he came to the house and went inside. and unable to resist it. and seeing the ravens flying round the castle. she opened the window. however. and flew away from her through the open window. one drink counts for nothing. In the garden behind the house is a large tan-heap.' answered the man.' The man promised to do all that she wished. Suddenly a feeling of fatigue came over him. he lay down for a little while. and said. 'I will neither eat not drink. set me free.THE RAVEN There was once a queen who had a little daughter. and on that you must stand and watch for me. however. As he drew near. and the last by four black horses. but am now under the spell of some enchantment. the second by four chestnut. wherein lives an old woman. 'Alas! I know even now that you will take something from the woman and be unable to save me. but you must not take of either.' Scarcely were the words out of her mouth. at least you might take a draught of wine. I shall not be set free. when the child in her arms was turned into a raven.' 'What am I to do?' he asked. but if you fail to keep awake and I find you sleeping. she will offer you food and drink. still too young to run alone. The bird took its flight to a dark wood and remained there for a long time.' 'No.

'I know he has fallen asleep. and will not be able to set me free. and took a deep draught. but even before she reached the spot. were black. of such a kind. 'I know he has fallen asleep. the old woman came to him again with food and drink which he at first refused. 'What is this? You are not eating or drinking anything.his eyes closed of their own accord.' When she entered the garden. Towards two o'clock he went into the garden and on to the tan-heap to watch for the raven. He had not been there long before he began to feel so tired that his limbs seemed hardly able to support him. and this time her coachman and everything about her. and all her efforts to awaken him were of no avail. overcome by her persistent entreaties that he would take something. The next day at noon. and it was impossible to awaken him. that however much he took of them. drawn by her four white horses. As the raven drove along her four chestnut horses. 'I know he has fallen asleep. and when he smelt the wine.' But she put down the dish of food and the glass of wine in front of him. and a flask of wine. on which her name was engraved. At last. as well as her horses. sighing.' She went as before to look for him. and throwing himself down. she laid a letter near him.' She found him sleeping heavily. At two o'clock the raven came driving along. fast asleep. there she found him as she had feared. she said to herself. She got out of her carriage and went to him. off her finger. At two o'clock the raven could be seen approaching. she said sorrowfully to herself. he slept like a log. and some meat. and said mournfully. but he slept. he was unable to resist the temptation. she called him and shook him. but it was all in vain. so again he lay down and fell fast asleep. She was sadder than ever as she drove along. After that she drew a gold ring. Finally. When the hour came round again he went as usual on to the tan-heap in the garden to await the king's daughter. he still continued sleeping. lying on the tan-heap. Then she placed beside him a loaf. 'I may not and will not either eat or drink. he lifted the glass and drank again. do you want to kill yourself?' He answered. and he fell into such a deep sleep. they would never grow less. and he could not stand upright any longer. that all the noises in the world would not have awakened him. in which. The following day the old woman said to him. but he felt even more overcome with weariness than on the two previous days. and put it upon one of his. after giving him particulars of the food .

He found that the light came from a house which looked smaller than it really was. villages. who was . The man now thought he should like to continue his journey. When the man awoke and found that he had been sleeping. and then seeing a little glimmer ahead of him. Again the next day he pursued his way through the forest. He thought to himself. he read the letter. The giant said. I only thought of eating you because I had nothing else. eager to start on his way and to reach the castle of Stromberg. meat.' 'I would rather you let that alone. He travelled about a long time in search of it and came at last to a dark forest.' but they searched in vain.' replied the giant. but could not find it. 'She has no doubt been here and driven away again. 'If the giant sees me going in. through which he went on walking for fourteen days and still could not find a way out. he was grieved at heart. and it is now too late for me to save her. were still unconsumed. thinking to rest again. When he had finished his supper the man asked him if he could direct him to the castle of Stromberg.' he said. but he heard such a howling and wailing that he found it impossible to sleep. he lay down as before. however. she finished with the following words: 'I see that as long as you remain here you will never be able to set me free. he called out. for the castle was not marked even on these. Once more the night came on. you still wish to do so.' 'If that is so. which although he had eaten and drunk of them. for I have not had anything to eat for a long time. 'It is lucky for that you have come. come to the golden castle of Stromberg. 'I will leave you in peace. from the contrast of its height with that of an immense giant who stood in front of it.' Then his eyes fell on the things which were lying beside him. He waited till it was darker and people had begun to light up their houses. on it are marked all the towns. and houses. and looked for the castle. 'Never mind.and drink she had left for him. and knew from it all that had happened. and worn out he lay down under a bush and fell asleep. this is well within your power to accomplish. The giant was pleased with the good cheer. and that evening. and wine. 'I will look on my map. He rose up without delay. but the giant begged him to remain for a day or two longer until the return of his brother.' However. if you are wanting food I have enough to satisfy your hunger. if. When the giant saw him.' So he fetched his map. and the man brought out the bread.' said the man. I can have you now for my supper. after a while he summoned up courage and went forward. but he had no idea in which direction he ought to go. we will look on those.' She then returned to her carriage and drove to the golden castle of Stromberg. my life will not be worth much. and said. 'for I do not willingly give myself up to be eaten. and ate and drank to his heart's content. he went towards it.' So they went indoors together and sat down. 'I have larger maps upstairs in the cupboard.

but the castle was not to be found. and again they paused and looked about. saying. and said to himself. 'and I will carry you into the neighbourhood of the castle. Then he fetched other older maps. A third time he called out.' and then thinking he should like to know the cause of dispute between the three men. not money. and that he had but to strike it against any door through which he wished to pass. He found it situated. carried the man to within about a hundred leagues of the castle.' The robbers. When the brother came home. they asked him about the castle of Stromberg. which now became more furious. and handed him the stick and the cloak. made him get on the horse.' The man journeyed on day and night till he reached the golden castle of Stromberg. prove whether all you have told me about your three things is true. 'You will be able to walk the remainder of the way yourself. thereupon. 'I will give you something in exchange for those three things. Another told him that he had found a cloak which rendered its wearer invisible. however. however. and when he had put this round him he was no longer . when he had finished his supper. 'I have two hours to spare. but it was many thousand miles away. 'How shall I be able to get there?' asked the man. but looking round and seeing nobody. he went out and asked them why they were fighting so angrily with one another. where he left him. the man said. for that I have not got. and even up the glass mountain. and it immediately flew open. they went on again with their fighting. but the sides were so slippery that every time he attempted to climb he fell back again.' he cried again. Looking out from his hut one day he saw three robbers fighting and he called out to them. but still was unable to get nearer to her. 'God be with you.' The giant. I must then return to look after the child who is in our care. he was greatly grieved.' They stopped when they heard the call.' said the giant. When he saw that it was impossible to reach her. and they went on looking for the castle until at last they found it. but something that is of far more value. Accordingly. and longed to get to the top of the mountain.' so he built himself a little hut. therefore. and there he sat and watched for a whole year. He was overjoyed to see her. or whether they would separate. and he told them he would look on his own maps as soon as he had eaten and appeased his hunger. 'God be with you. but seeing no one went back to their fighting. and every day he saw the king's daughter driving round her castle. I must first. 'God be with you. On hearing this. One of them said that he had found a stick. they all went up together to his room and looked through his maps. 'I will remain here and wait for her.away in search of provisions. They had been unable to decide whether they would keep together and have the things in common. and looking up from the foot he saw the enchanted maiden drive round her castle and then go inside. and the third had caught a horse which would carry its rider over any obstacle. on a glass mountain.

'That is my own ring. Then he fell upon them with the stick and beat them one after another. and let me have a draught of your wine. 'Now you have indeed set me free. you idle vagabonds. and threw it into the goblet. and sneered at on every occasion. The little old grey man . 'and if that is so the man must also be here who is coming to set me free. but could find him nowhere. with a golden goblet full of wine in front of her. a cake and a bottle of wine. and she kissed him.' she exclaimed. he found it closed. but he gave it a blow with his stick. He took the ring which she had given him off his finger. and it flew wide open at once and he passed through. But when he began to hew down a tree.' and he left the little man standing and went on. like the eldest. so that he had to go home and have it bound up. When he entered the forest he met a little grey-haired old man who bade him good day. She could not see him for he still wore his cloak. it was not long before he made a false stroke.' THE GOLDEN GOOSE There was a man who had three sons. I am so hungry and thirsty. and the axe cut him in the arm. 'There. I shall have none for myself. And this was the little grey man's doing. mocked. and before he went his mother gave him a beautiful sweet cake and a bottle of wine in order that he might not suffer from hunger or thirst. crying. be off with you. the youngest of whom was called Dummling. are you satisfied now!' After this he rode up the glass mountain.' But the clever son answered: 'If I give you my cake and wine.' She sought for him about the castle. and cried aloud for joy. and said: 'Do give me a piece of cake out of your pocket. It happened that the eldest wanted to go into the forest to hew wood. Then he dismounted and took her in his arms. Meanwhile he had gone outside again and mounted his horse and thrown off the cloak.[*] and was despised. He mounted the steps and entered the room where the maiden was sitting. so that it rang as it touched the bottom. When therefore she came to the castle gate she saw him.visible. and said. When he reached the gate of the castle. After this the second son went into the forest. you have got what you deserve. and his mother gave him. and tomorrow we will celebrate our marriage.

and are willing to divide what you have. I will give you good luck.' Dummling answered: 'I have only cinder-cake and sour beer. you will get wiser by hurting yourself. Now the host had three daughters. Then Dummling said: 'Father. for goodness' sake keep away!' But she did not understand why she was to keep away. we will sit down and eat. but as soon as she had touched her sister. said sensibly enough: 'What I give you will be taken away from myself. At last the third also came with the like intent. There stands an old tree.' and as soon as Dummling had gone out she seized the goose by the wing. When he came to the forest the little old grey man met him likewise. leave it alone. but she had scarcely touched her sister than she was held fast.' His mother gave him a cake made with water and baked in the cinders. was not delayed. and taking her with him. So they ate and drank. and asked him for a piece of cake and a drink of wine. when he had made a few blows at the tree he struck himself in the leg. Dummling went and cut down the tree. however. she remained sticking fast to her. do let me go and cut wood.' Then the little man took leave of him.' So they sat down. and greeting him. and with it a bottle of sour beer.' But Dummling begged so long that at last he said: 'Just go then. He lifted her up. So they had to spend the night with the goose. 'The others are there. But the second son. so that he had to be carried home. 'I may as well be there too. and the others screamed out: 'Keep away. and when it fell there was a goose sitting in the roots with feathers of pure gold. too. it was a fine sweet cake.met him likewise. be off!' and he left the little man standing and went on. if that pleases you. The second came soon afterwards. who saw the goose and were curious to know what such a wonderful bird might be. thinking only of how she might get a feather for herself. and when Dummling pulled out his cinder-cake. and you will find something at the roots. went to an inn where he thought he would stay the night.' she thought. said: 'Give me a piece of your cake and a drink out of your bottle. and would have liked to have one of its golden feathers. . His punishment.' The father answered: 'Your brothers have hurt themselves with it. but her finger and hand remained sticking fast to it. and after that the little man said: 'Since you have a good heart. you do not understand anything about it. and the sour beer had become good wine. I am so hungry and thirsty.' and ran to them. cut it down. The eldest thought: 'I shall soon find an opportunity of pulling out a feather.

now right. and was himself obliged to run behind.' He led him into the king's cellar. now left. Before long the sexton came by and saw his master. Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other. he saw a man sitting. a barrel of wine I have just emptied. cold water I cannot stand.' said Dummling. Thereupon Dummling asked to have her for his wife. you good-for-nothing girls. but as soon as he touched her he likewise stuck fast. Dummling thought of the little grey man. and the man bent over the huge . the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free. They were obliged to run after him continually. running behind three girls. and now there were seven of them running behind Dummling and the goose. When Dummling heard this. without troubling himself about the three girls who were hanging on to it. one behind the other. In the middle of the fields the parson met them. But they had scarcely touched the sexton when they were held fast.The next morning Dummling took the goose under his arm and set out. I can help you. who had a very sorrowful face. and as if she would never stop. but the king did not like the son-in-law. but was also held fast to it. she began to laugh quite loudly. he went with his goose and all her train before the king's daughter. and he answered: 'I have such a great thirst and cannot quench it. and made all manner of excuses and said he must first produce a man who could drink a cellarful of wine. Dummling asked him what he was taking to heart so sorely. who could certainly help him. 'just come with me and you shall be satisfied. and as soon as she saw the seven people running on and on. and when he saw the procession he said: 'For shame. two labourers came with their hoes from the fields. but that to me is like a drop on a hot stone!' 'There. why are you running across the fields after this young man? Is that seemly?' At the same time he seized the youngest by the hand in order to pull her away. where a king ruled who had a daughter who was so serious that no one could make her laugh. so he went into the forest. So he had put forth a decree that whosoever should be able to make her laugh should marry her. He was astonished at this and called out: 'Hi! your reverence. the parson. whither away so quickly? Do not forget that we have a christening today!' and running after him he took him by the sleeve. Soon afterwards he came to a city. wherever his legs took him. and in the same place where he had felled the tree.

and drank and drank till his loins hurt. and ordered a ship which could sail on land and on water. whom everyone called Dummling. When he heard what Dummling wanted. This king once fell very ill--so ill that nobody thought he could live. 'you shall have my daughter for wife. and I must tie myself up if I am not to die of hunger. and as they were walking together very mournfully in the garden of the palace. Dummling inherited his kingdom and lived for a long time contentedly with his wife.' said the little old man. but went straight into the forest. His sons were very much grieved at their father's sickness. but the king was vexed that such an ugly fellow. [*] Simpleton THE WATER OF LIFE Long before you or I were born. and he made a new condition. The wedding was celebrated. a little old man met them and asked what was the matter. and said: 'Get up and come with me. and there sat the little grey man to whom he had given his cake.barrels.' At this Dummling was glad. Then Dummling asked once more for his bride. there reigned. Dummling did not think long.' Dummling went straight into the forest. I will give you the ship. If he could have a .' said he. 'it is the Water of Life.' Then he gave him the ship which could sail on land and water. and making an awful face. he could no longer prevent him from having his daughter. and from it he caused a huge mountain of bread to be baked. The man from the forest stood before it. in a country a great way off. but the king again sought a way out. a king who had three sons. and saying: 'I have eaten a whole ovenful of rolls. 'As soon as you come sailing back in it. and after the king's death. and before the day was out he had emptied all the barrels. They told him that their father was very ill. Then Dummling for the third time asked for his bride. should take away his daughter. and by the end of one day the whole mountain had vanished. where in the same place there sat a man who was tying up his body with a strap. he must first find a man who could eat a whole mountain of bread. and that they were afraid nothing could save him. 'I know what would. and I do all this because you once were kind to me. you shall eat yourself full. he said: 'Since you have given me to eat and to drink. but what good is that when one has such a hunger as I? My stomach remains empty.' He led him to the king's palace where all the flour in the whole Kingdom was collected. and when the king saw that. began to eat.

and begged that he might go in search of the Water of Life. prince. Thus it is with proud silly people. 'I had rather die than place you in such great danger as you must meet with in your journey. and thus he was forced to abide spellbound. and as he looked around. you ugly imp?' said the prince haughtily. and he. Meantime the old king was lingering on in daily hope of his son's return. so that he was shut in all round. but again the laugh rang in his ears. and trusted he should soon be able to make his father well again. 'I will soon find it': and he went to the sick king. whither so fast?' 'What is that to thee. and the prince thought to himself. 'Prince. he will make me sole heir to his kingdom. and found that the path was closed behind him.' Then he set out: and when he had gone on his way some time he came to a deep valley. too. 'Father. and the dwarf met him too at the same spot in the valley. saying. I will go in search of the Water of Life. whither so fast?' 'Mind your own affairs. among the mountains. He next tried to get off his horse and make his way on foot. whither so fast?' And the prince said. so that as he rode on the mountain pass became narrower and narrower. 'Prince. and at last the way was so straitened that he could not go to step forward: and when he thought to have turned his horse round and go back the way he came. but it is very hard to get. But the dwarf was enraged at his behaviour. till at last the second son said. and rode on.' For he thought to himself. 'I am going in . 'If I bring my father this water. overhung with rocks and woods. When the second prince had thus been gone a long time. and laid a fairy spell of ill-luck upon him. and the kingdom will fall to me if I find the water. 'No. But the dwarf put the same spell upon him as he put on his elder brother. So he set out and followed the same road which his brother had done. as before. and met with the same elf.' But he begged so hard that the king let him go. as it was the only thing that could save him. with a sugarloaf cap and a scarlet cloak.' said the king. was at last obliged to take up his abode in the heart of the mountains. and the dwarf called to him and said.draught of it he would be well again. and rode on. he saw standing above him on one of the rocks a little ugly dwarf. and he found himself unable to move a step. who stopped him at the same spot in the mountains. 'Prince. and said. who think themselves above everyone else. but at last yielded to his wish. So he set out.' The king was at first very unwilling to let him go. 'My brother is surely dead. busybody!' said the prince scornfully. he heard a loud laugh ringing round him. the youngest son said he would go and search for the Water of Life.' Then the eldest son said. and are too proud to ask or take advice.

so that he did not wake up till the clock was striking a quarter to twelve. filled a cup that was standing by him full of water. who. Then she told him that the well that held the Water of Life was in the palace gardens.' Then the prince thought . and take some of the Water of Life before the clock strikes twelve. I will tell you how and where to go. Pray tell me if you know. and it will open: two hungry lions will be lying down inside gaping for their prey.' Then the prince thanked his little friend with the scarlet cloak for his friendly aid. and found everything to be as the dwarf had told him. the kingdom should be his. but if you throw them the bread they will let you pass. then he pulled off their rings and put them on his own fingers. When he found himself safe. and bade him make haste. and draw what he wanted before the clock struck twelve. I will give you an iron wand and two little loaves of bread. and aid me if you can!' 'Do you know where it is to be found?' asked the dwarf.' said the prince. over sea and over land. In another room he saw on a table a sword and a loaf of bread. if he would set her free from the spell that bound her. when he saw the sword and the loaf. he passed by the little dwarf. as he felt tired. he was overjoyed to think that he had got the Water of Life. and gaze on the lovely scenes around him. and the door fell so quickly upon him that it snapped off a piece of his heel. Further on he came to a room where a beautiful young lady sat upon a couch. The water you seek springs from a well in an enchanted castle. and like to die: can you help me? Pray be kind. that you may be able to reach it in safety. ran to the well. and said. strike the iron door of the castle three times with the wand. Then he sprang from the couch dreadfully frightened. 'You have made a noble prize. and went travelling on and on. and sleep fell upon him unawares.search of the Water of Life. that he would rest himself for a while. 'I do not. for if you tarry longer the door will shut upon you for ever. and as he walked through beautiful gardens he came to a delightful shady spot in which stood a couch. till he came to his journey's end. and. and as he was going on his way homewards. said. He walked on. then hasten on to the well. because my father is ill. The door flew open at the third stroke of the wand. if he would come back in a year and marry her.' 'Then as you have spoken to me kindly. 'No. Around it he saw several knights sitting in a trance. Just as he was going out of the iron door it struck twelve. and hastened to get away in time. and the bread will never fail you. So he laid himself down. and he thought to himself. with the sword you can at a blow slay whole armies. and are wise enough to seek for advice. and when the lions were quieted he went on through the castle and came at length to a beautiful hall. and took the wand and the bread. which he also took. and she welcomed him joyfully.

and blamed the youngest for what they had done. who set out in search of the Water of Life before me. and if you tell tales. that he might drink and be healed. and thus the kingdom was once more in peace and plenty. But the prince gave the king of the land the bread. giving him bitter sea-water instead. did you? You have had the trouble and we shall have the reward. Then they all three rode on together. 'I cannot go home to my father without my brothers'. and he slew the enemy's army with it. so that it was feared all must die for want. and was as strong and well as in his younger days. with all your cleverness. and poured the Water of Life out of the cup. Then they went to their brother. Scarcely. and laughed at him. and had brought it with them. how he had found the Water of Life. and all his kingdom ate of it. but that they had found the Water of Life. You had better say nothing about this to our father. and said. and said that he wanted to poison their father. When they came to their journey's end. Then they waited till he was fast asleep. and to give him the kingdom. for he does not believe a word you say. and took it for themselves. so he said. When they came to the sea. they got into a ship and during their voyage the two eldest said to themselves. though unwillingly. and had taken a cup full of it. saying. for they have bad hearts. why did not you manage to keep your eyes open? Next year one of us will take away your beautiful princess. and how he had set a beautiful princess free from a spell that bound her.to himself. 'because they were proud and ill-behaved. In the same manner he befriended two other countries through which they passed on their way. and agreed together how they could ruin him.' said the dwarf. 'Our brother has got the water which we could not find. that the dwarf at last set them free. than he felt his sickness leave him. and scorned to ask advice. therefore our father will forsake us and give him the kingdom. cannot you tell me where my two brothers are. if you do not take care. had he tasted the bitter sea-water when he became worse even than he was before. however. And he lent the king the wonderful sword. was greatly rejoiced to see them.' Their brother. Pray. and we will let you off. and on their way home came to a country that was laid waste by war and a dreadful famine. so they were full of envy and revenge. 'My dear friend.' . the youngest son brought his cup to the sick king. He no sooner began to drink of what they brought him. which is our right'. and never came back?' 'I have shut them up by a charm between two mountains. however. you found the Water of Life. and how she had engaged to wait a whole year. and then both the elder sons came in. and then to marry him. 'Well. and told them all that had happened to him. 'Beware of them.' The prince begged so hard for his brothers. brother. you shall lose your life into the bargain: but be quiet.

and he thought to himself. and that he should have her for his wife. with rich gifts of gold and precious stones for his youngest son. and gave him the shabby one. and they were alone in the wood together. but let him go in peace. and had a road made leading up to her palace all of shining gold. now all these were sent from the three kings to whom he had lent his sword and loaf of bread. But when he came to the gate. As he came before the palace and saw the golden road. was her true lover. But the prince begged very hard.' The prince started at this. Some time after. 'Let me live. you shall take my royal coat to show to my father.' said he.' said the huntsman. what is the matter with you?' 'I cannot and dare not tell you. . and he thought his son might still be guiltless. and the kingdom with her. and rode straight up to the gate upon it. and went away through the wood. 'the king has ordered me to shoot you. and I will change dresses with you. the guards. he could not be what he said he was. for I could not have shot you. three grand embassies came to the old king's court.' Then he took the prince's coat. and said.' 'Alas!' said the huntsman. for I will forgive you. 'and I am glad that I had pity on him.' 'With all my heart. The prince knew nothing of what was going on. and must go about his business. they must be sure was not the right one. 'Only tell me what it is. and brought home his royal coat. so he turned aside and rode on the right-hand side of it. 'My friend. and made it known thoughout all his kingdom. and all agreed that he ought to be put to death. that if his son would come back to his court he would forgive him. when the eldest brother thought that he would make haste to go to the princess. and that they must let him in: but whoever rode on one side of it. 'O that my son were still alive! how it grieves me that I had him killed!' 'He is still alive. and do not think I shall be angry.The old king was still very angry with his youngest son.' said the huntsman. and thought that he really meant to have taken away his life. 'I am sure I shall be glad to save you. Meanwhile the princess was eagerly waiting till her deliverer should come back. This touched the old king's heart.' At this the king was overwhelmed with joy. so he called his court together. and told her courtiers that whoever came on horseback. in order to rid them of their enemy and feed their people. The time soon came. who had seen the road he took. and that they must send him away at once. when the king's chief huntsmen went a-hunting with him. 'It is a pity to ride upon this beautiful road'. and said. and said to his court. till one day. and say that he was the one who had set her free. and asked what should be done. he stopped to look at it. and do you give me your shabby one. the huntsman looked so sorrowful that the prince said. said to him.

' So he rode away. And the old king was very angry. I give you a ring as a remembrance of me. And young and old. before his wedding with the princess. and got into a ship and sailed away over the wide sea. And the wedding was held. and said to himself. and set out in search of his betrothed bride. and yet that he had borne all those wrongs for the love of his father. 'What a pity it is that anything should tread here!' Then he too turned aside and rode on the left side of it.The second prince set out soon afterwards on the same errand. taking her with him. When I am king. and when he came to the golden road. And now the old king gathered together his court. and among the rest came the friendly dwarf. I will return and fetch you. So he journeyed on. he stopped to look at it. and should now be her husband and lord of the kingdom. came at once on the summons. the princess told him she had heard of his father having forgiven him. the latter was . with the sugarloaf hat. Then he told him everything. and when he reached his father. he went to visit his father. Now when the full year was come round. news came that his father lay sick unto death. but went with his horse straight over it. Then he said to his beloved: 'I must now go and leave you. gentle and simple. When the first joy at their meeting was over. And all the good people they danced and they sung. and thought it very beautiful. and of his wish to have him home again: so. and away he went. and the merry bells run. noble and squire. But when he came to the gate the guards said he was not the true prince. and a new scarlet cloak. and the princess welcomed him with joy. and where they went to nobody knew and nobody cared. and that he too must go away about his business. and his horse had set one foot upon it. and as he came to the gate it flew open. THE TWELVE HUNTSMEN There was once a king's son who had a bride whom he loved very much. And feasted and frolick'd I can't tell how long. And when he was sitting beside her and very happy. thinking of her all the way. and wanted to punish his wicked sons. but they made their escape. and said he was her deliverer. and desired to see him once again before his end. the third brother left the forest in which he had lain hid for fear of his father's anger. and rode so quickly that he did not even see what the road was made of. and asked all his kingdom to come and celebrate the wedding of his son and the princess. how his brothers had cheated and robbed him.

and if he would take all of them into his service. until eleven young maidens were found who exactly resembled his daughter in face. for he knew all concealed and secret things. Then she asked if he required any huntsmen. He said to him: 'Dear son. There was. His first betrothed heard of this. and caused the peas to be strewn. your will shall be done. promise me to marry as I wish. and size. he was forced to keep the promise which he had given his father. I wish for eleven girls exactly like myself in face. and caused the king's daughter to be asked in marriage. figure. however. Men have a firm step. Then her father said to her: 'Dearest child. When they came to the king's daughter. and when they walk over peas none of them stir. and size. dear father. and she herself put on the twelfth suit. but girls trip and skip. and said to her maidens: 'Show some strength.' The king said: 'That cannot be true! How will you prove that to me?' 'Oh. and rode away with them. figure. however.' The father said: 'If it be possible. and step firmly on the peas.' and he named a certain king's daughter who was to be his wife. and said: 'Yes. they are twelve girls.dangerously ill. The son was in such trouble that he did not think what he was doing. and when he heard that they were going to be put to this test he went to them and repeated everything. and rode to the court of her former betrothed. and she was promised to him. 'and then you will soon see. and the eleven maidens had to put on the huntsmen's clothes.' She thought for a moment and said: 'Dear father. had a lion which was a wondrous animal.' The lion continued: 'You are mistaken. he said: 'Yes.' and thereupon the king shut his eyes. your desire shall be fulfilled. I wished to see you once again before my end. When therefore the son had been proclaimed king. Thereupon she took her leave of her father.' Then the king's daughter thanked him. and the peas roll about. and died.' . just let some peas be strewn in the ante-chamber. and now they were the king's twelve huntsmen. but as they were such handsome fellows. 'they are twelve huntsmen. whom she loved so dearly. and near his death.' said the king.' answered the lion. she had twelve suits of huntsmen's clothes made. and fretted so much about his faithfulness that she nearly died. and drag their feet. all alike.' The king was well pleased with the counsel. and said: 'The lion wants to make the king believe that you are girls. It came to pass that one evening he said to the king: 'You think you have twelve huntsmen?' 'Yes.' and he caused a search to be made in his whole kingdom. why are you so sad? You shall have whatsoever you will. The king. and the time of mourning was over. The king looked at her and did not know her. a servant of the king's who favoured the huntsmen.' and that he would willingly take them.

When the true bride heard that. they are men. and no one in the world can alter that. and that is what no man would do. they went through the ante-chamber.' The lion said: 'They have been informed that they were going to be put to the test. and had such a strong. and disclosed the project. and do not look round at the spinning-wheels. Now it came to pass that once when they were out hunting. So when they were alone the king's daughter said to her eleven girls: 'Show some constraint. after all. that was very young. would no longer believe the lion.' And next morning when the king had his twelve huntsmen summoned. wanted to help him.' The king. and barely able to run alone. .' The lion replied: 'They have restrained themselves. and the king said to the lion: 'You have lied to me. and had the spinning-wheels placed in the ante-chamber. But the servant. went to them. Just let twelve spinning-wheels be brought into the ante-chamber. because.' He sent a messenger to the other bride. and they came into the ante-chamber where the peas were lying. that not one of the peas either rolled or stirred. Then his heart was so touched that he kissed her. and entreated her to return to her own kingdom. Then the king again said to the lion: 'You have deceived me. and I am yours. and they will go to them and be pleased with them. and when she opened her eyes he said: 'You are mine. and never once looked at the spinning-wheels. The twelve huntsmen always followed the king to the chase. who was well disposed to the huntsmen. and his liking for them continually increased. THE KING OF THE GOLDEN MOUNTAIN There was once a merchant who had only one child. and when he looked in her face he recognized her. The king thought something had happened to his dear huntsman. Then they went away again. however. Thereupon the wedding was celebrated. a son. He had two richly laden ships then making a voyage upon the seas.' The king liked the advice. for he had a wife already. it hurt her so much that her heart was almost broken. they stepped so firmly on them. news came that the king's bride was approaching. and someone who had just found an old key did not require a new one. in which he had embarked all his wealth. and drew his glove off. and the lion was again taken into favour. for they have not looked at the spinning-wheels. ran up to him. and have assumed some strength. Then he saw the ring which he had given to his first bride. sure walk. they walk just like men.So next morning when the king had the twelve huntsmen called before him. he had told the truth. and she fell fainting to the ground.

and that. About a month afterwards he went upstairs into a lumber-room to look for some old iron. and there. and I will give you as much as you please. Then the father started. give yourself very little trouble about that. 'only undertake to bring me here. so that care and sorrow were written upon his face. and how he had nothing left but that little plot of land. when the money came. Thus from being a rich man he became all at once so very poor that nothing was left to him but one small plot of land. at any rate. I shall be . black dwarf. friend. but as no gold was come. or something of that sort. and perhaps you will find I may be of some use. 'Father. instead of his iron. At the sight of this he was overjoyed. and as the end of the twelve years drew near the merchant began to call to mind his bond. sold him for gold to a little. rough-looking.in the hope of making great gains. and signed and sealed the bond to do what was asked of him. but forgot his little boy Heinel. trouble not yourself about that. and laid fast hold of his legs. as he was roaming along in a brown study. and was like to be. he saw a large pile of gold lying on the floor. 'Who knows but I may?' said the little man: 'tell me what ails you. 'Oh. that he might sell it and raise a little money. without knowing it. he should see the bearer. why so sorrowful?' said he to the merchant. his little boy was so glad to see him that he crept behind him. all on a sudden there stood before him a little. went into trade again. Then Heinel said. and forgetting all about his son. he said that he had. 'Prithee. that it would most likely be his dog or his cat. thinking with no great comfort on what he had been and what he now was. and became very sad and thoughtful. trembling with fear and horror. when the news came that both were lost. and looked up in his face and laughed. and that the twelve years were coming round when he must keep his word. twelve years hence. and ease his mind of a little of his trouble. One day. Meantime little Heinel grew up. black dwarf. 'what is it you take so deeply to heart?' 'If you would do me any good I would willingly tell you. and there he often went in an evening to take his walk. and saw what it was that he had bound himself to do.' Then the merchant told him how all his wealth was gone to the bottom of the sea. The boy one day asked what was the matter. ugly-looking. however.' The merchant thought this was no great thing to ask. and became a richer merchant than before. at last. so he agreed to the bargain. But as he drew near home. whatever meets you first on your going home.' said the merchant.' said the dwarf. but his father would not tell for some time. he made himself easy by thinking that it was only a joke that the dwarf was playing him. and would not take it in.

' So he once more searched the whole palace through. The old man held his tongue. for this fairy knew what good luck was in store for him. for it was enchanted. or what do you want?' Now Heinel had found a friend in a good fairy. 'What do you want here?' The dwarf said. and that so far the dwarf should have his way: but. who seemed so anxious for his company. that lay on the sea-shore hard by. my friend. on the other hand.' said Heinel.' 'You must have my consent to that first. however. and went home very sorrowful.' said he to himself. jump over it. 'Have you anything to say to us. it was settled that Heinel should be put into an open boat. did not sink.' 'You have cheated and taken in my father. Heinel agreed that his father must give him up. the fairy had told Heinel what fortune was in store for him. that the father should push him off with his own hand. as if he should have been very glad to get into the circle if he could. and your father has had it. Then he took leave of his father. and had told him what to do. At last the boy said to him. 'pray give him up his bond at once. 'Have you brought me what you said you would?' said the dwarf to the merchant.' The old man grinned. so be so good as to let me have what I paid it for. and it fell with one side low in the water. and walked round and round about the circle. and he did not choose to be given up to his hump-backed friend. but Heinel said again. while the dwarf went his way. after a long talk. if he followed his own course. but before it got far off a wave struck it. 'right is right. 'must I find the prize the good fairy told me of. and that he should thus be set adrift.' When the time came. As he jumped upon the shore he saw before him a beautiful castle but empty and dreary within. and he either could not.' said the little old man. and let us talk it over. thinking that at any rate he had had his revenge. and showed his teeth. they came to terms. till at last he found a white snake.too much for the little man. . so the merchant thought that poor Heinel was lost. and it went safely on. and set himself and his father in the middle of it. and soon raised the boat up again. or dared not. and left to the bad or good luck of wind and weather. till at length it ran ashore upon an unknown land. but could not find any way to get into it. 'so please to step in here. So. lying coiled up on a cushion in one of the chambers. that was fond of him. The little black dwarf soon came.' 'Fair and softly. not with you. 'I come to talk with your father. Then at last. 'Here. the father and son went out together to the place agreed upon: and the son drew a circle on the ground. and set himself in the boat. I have paid my money. and spent it. for the good fairy took care of her friend. to make a sort of drawn battle of the matter. The boat.' said the son. The young man sat safe within.

when the king thought of his father. 'that can never be true. and spoke not a word. 'our Heinel had a mark like a raspberry on his right arm.' However. But the queen was against his going. and they knew that what he had said was true. Heinel found himself at the gates in a moment. and will wash you with it. but the merchant would not believe him. but give no answer. and put the ring on his finger. whatever you wish it will bring you. and he began to long to see him once again. his poor Heinel. and said. and let them do what they will--beat. and wished himself near the town where his father lived. and borrowed his old frock. but the guards would not let him go in. So he went up to a neighbouring hill. and said. and the queen had a son. where a shepherd dwelt. and I shall be free. and the third night the princess came. and said. whip. and fell on his neck and kissed him. And thus eight years had passed over their heads. who he knew was long since dead: and as he was only dressed like a poor shepherd. and forgetting . and he was crowned king of the Golden Mountain.' Then he said he would do what she asked. who will even cut off your head. but at the twelfth hour of that night their power is gone. however. he must be a fine king truly who travels about in a shepherd's frock!' At this the son was vexed. and will come and bring you the Water of Life. and said he had had but one son. and she was very glad to see him. he said he was his son. prick. he gave her no rest till she agreed.' And all came to pass as she had said. and put it on your finger. Joy and gladness burst forth throughout the castle.' Then he showed them the mark. and was married to a princess. At his going away she gave him a wishing-ring. They will ask what you do here. But the merchant said. still vowed that he was his son. 'Is there no mark by which you would know me if I am really your son?' 'Yes. and they will be dressed in chain armour. 'I know well that misfortunes will come upon us if you go.Now the white snake was an enchanted princess. When he came to his father's house. only promise never to make use of it to bring me hence to your father's house. he would not even give him anything to eat. and thus passed unknown into the town. for you alone can save me. or torment you--bear all. 'Take this ring. Heinel bore all. only speak not a word. 'Are you at last come to set me free? Twelve long years have I waited here for the fairy to bring you hither as she promised. and had a son seven years old.' said his mother. because he was so strangely clad. The second night twelve others will come: and the third night twenty-four. pinch. the wedding was celebrated. He next told them how he was king of the Golden Mountain. This night twelve men will come: their faces will be black. The king. and said. and bring you back to life and health. and at twelve o'clock they must go away. They lived together very happily.

' Now there was a sword that cut off an enemy's head whenever the wearer gave the words. So the giants were left behind with no goods to share or quarrel about. and saw that the ring was gone from his finger. But when anything to eat was put upon her plate. Then they gave him the cloak. her plate and cup were always empty. and bad luck would follow.' 'No. and when a glass of wine was handed to her. and crept softly away. but she was not so in truth. In an instant they stood before him. 'Little men have sharp wits. and there he was at once. and showed her the spot where the boat was set adrift upon the wide waters. He next asked for the boots also.his word. she drew the ring from his finger. he shall part the goods between us. and she went into her chamber alone. and a pair of boots that carried the wearer wherever he wished. Then he sat himself down. then he might know how to set a value upon them.' So they gave it him. Upon this. and sat there weeping. and he wished himself a fly. and placed himself by the side of the queen. and as they saw him pass they cried out and said.' So saying he set out and travelled till he came to a hill. And when he awoke he found himself alone. and the people around told him that his queen was about to marry another husband. and wished for his queen and son. Heinel said they must first let him try these wonderful things. charging him to try it on a tree. 'Heads off!'. fear and remorse came over her. and said he had broken his word. sit by me. I will rest my head in your lap. and she at last seemed to be appeased. 'I am very much tired. turned his ring. though they kept on giving her meat and drink. "Heads off!" for if you do we are all dead men. where three giants were sharing their father's goods. he wished himself at the Golden Mountain. and said. and passed through the castle hall. however. 'Alas!' said she to herself. he took it away and ate it himself. a cloak that made the owner invisible. Then he threw his cloak around him. he took it and drank it. and sleep a while. and thus. 'they would say I am a sorcerer: I will journey forth into the world. or gave him any form he pleased. and the moment he had all three in his power. and was only thinking how she should punish him.' As soon as he had fallen asleep. and he followed her there. and wished herself and her son at home in their kingdom. but the queen wept. He did all he could to soothe her. As Heinel came near his castle he heard the sound of merry music. One day he took her to walk with him out of the town. where no one saw him. and in a moment he was a fly. 'not unless you undertake not to say. 'was I not once set free? Why then does this enchantment .' said they.' said he: 'now give me the sword. 'The cloak is very well. till I come again to my kingdom. 'I can never go back to my father's house.' said he.

'Oh. So he remained standing a while. and said the wedding was at an end. must go too. Yes. it so happened that the doctor was sitting at table. and great men mocked at him. and sold it to a doctor for two talers." and have that nailed up above your house-door. and said: 'Grete. but not long. who drove with two oxen a load of wood to the town. and when the peasant saw how well he ate and drank. When they came to the nobleman's castle. drove out to the village. When he had doctored people awhile.' The peasant did everything that he had been told to do. 'In the first place buy yourself an A B C book of the kind which has a cock on the frontispiece. 'Yes. peers. and asked Crabb if he were Doctor Knowall. his heart desired what he saw. 'Heads Off!' cried he.' 'What must I do?' asked the peasant. However. but my wife. and get yourself some clothes. DOCTOR KNOWALL There was once upon a time a poor peasant called Crabb. 'that is soon managed. Grete. my wife. have a sign painted for yourself with the words: "I am Doctor Knowall. and he is now near thee again.' said he. and they all drove away together. When the money was being counted out to him. yes. and at length inquired if he too could not be a doctor. for that he was come back to the kingdom. a rich and great lord had some money stolen. the table was spread. he would enter into no parley with them. Then they turned upon him and tried to seize him.' meaning that was the servant who brought the first dish. yes. Then he was to go with him and bring back the stolen money. and with the word the traitors' heads fell before him. And when the first servant came with a dish of delicate fare. but only asked them if they would go in peace or not. and must know what had become of the money. and he seated himself with her at the table. But the princes. that was the first. in the second. thirdly.still seem to bind me?' 'False and fickle one!' said he. and would willingly have been a doctor too. and whatsoever else pertains to medicine. thought he intended by that to say: 'That is . So the lord had the horses harnessed to his carriage.' said the doctor. and Crabb was told to sit down and eat. too. turn your cart and your two oxen into money. Then he was told about Doctor Knowall who lived in such and such a village. he said. the peasant nudged his wife. and Heinel was once more king of the Golden Mountain.' The lord was willing. however. but how have you used him? Ought he to have had such treatment from thee?' Then he went out and sent away the company. and let both of them have a seat in the carriage. The servant. he was. 'One indeed came who set thee free. 'Oh. but Grete. but he drew his sword.

poor Crabb. he cried: 'There! he knows it. and did not know what to do.' When the lord heard that. crept into the stove to hear if the doctor knew still more. and guess what was beneath the cover. and he got out as fast as he could. for if he did they would be hanged. crying: 'That man knows everything!' Then Doctor Knowall showed the lord where the money was. so you had better come out!' Then the fellow in the stove thought that the doctor meant him. and said: 'My lord. and full of terror. turned the pages backwards and forwards.' The second did not want to go in at all.' and as he actually was so. and said to his comrade outside: 'The doctor knows all: we shall fare ill. but the other six ran with him. As he could not find it immediately he said: 'I know you are there. When therefore he went out. Actually. for none dared go home. and became a renowned man. all four of them confessed to him that they had stolen the money. They led him to the spot where the money was concealed. and they stood very foolishly looking at one another.' The fifth servant. he said I was the first. he was terrified. and so they were in such a hurry that all let their pitchers fall into the well. Although the little girl was very pretty. she was so weak and small that they thought she could not live.' The fourth had to carry in a dish that was covered. With this the doctor was satisfied.the first thief. and said that they would willingly restore it and give him a heavy sum into the bargain. but was forced. if he would not denounce them. he must also know who has the money!' On this the servants looked terribly uneasy. had no idea what to say. Each wanted to be first at drawing the water. that is the second. there were crabs. sprang out. and said: 'Grete. for the peasant again said: 'Grete. So when he went in with his dish. that is the third. and made a sign to the doctor that they wished him to step outside for a moment. the peasant nudged his wife. and the lord told the doctor that he was to show his skill. So the father sent one of his sons in haste to the spring to get some water. But the doctor sat still and opened his A B C book. and looked for the cock. but they said she should at once be christened.' This servant was equally alarmed. and returned to the hall. and cried: 'Ah. now will I search in my book where the gold is hidden. The doctor looked at the dish. and received from both sides much money in reward. In the . The third fared no better. THE SEVEN RAVENS There was once a man who had seven sons. but did not say who had stolen it. sat down to the table. however. and last of all one daughter.

but the morning star rose up and gave her a little piece of wood.meantime the father was uneasy. 'the whole seven must have forgotten themselves over some game of play'. but the moon was cold and chilly. 'Yes. and could not tell what made the young men stay so long. She took nothing with her but a little ring which her father and mother had given her. but when she unwrapped the cloth it was not there. and journeyed till she came to the world's end. and said. and that her birth was only the innocent cause of it. a little pitcher of water in case she should be thirsty. and when he had waited still longer and they yet did not come. you cannot unlock the castle that stands on the glass-mountain. but the little girl mourned sadly about it every day.' The little girl took the piece of wood. and each star sat upon his own little stool. so she ran away quickly to the moon. What was to be done? She wanted to save her brothers.' Then she was much grieved.' said they. Sorry as he was to see his wish so fulfilled. he did not know how what was done could be undone. So they dared no longer hide the truth from her. rolled it up in a little cloth. and free them. but said it was the will of Heaven. and found the door shut. for her father and mother took care not to speak of them before her: but one day by chance she heard the people about her speak of them. and looked up and saw seven ravens as black as coal flying round and round. but still 'tis a pity that her brothers should have been lost for her sake.' said he. and comforted himself as well as he could for the loss of his seven sons with his dear little daughter. 'I smell flesh and blood this way!' so she took herself away in a hurry and came to the stars. 'she is beautiful indeed. and there your brothers live. till at length one day she stole away. he flew into a rage and wished them all turned into ravens. that was just the size of the . 'Surely. a loaf of bread in case she should be hungry. Thus she went on and on. then she came to the sun. wherever they might be. and went on again until she came to the glass-mountain. and what had become of them. and she saw she had lost the gift of the good stars. 'If you have not this little piece of wood. so this faithful little sister took a knife out of her pocket and cut off her little finger. and set out into the wide world to find her brothers. and said. and thought herself bound to do all she could to bring her brothers back. but the sun looked much too hot and fiery. and went to her father and mother. and the stars were friendly and kind to her. Scarcely had he spoken these words when he heard a croaking over his head. For a long time she did not know that she had ever had any brothers. who soon became stronger and every day more beautiful. and she had neither rest nor ease. and a little stool to rest upon when she should be weary. whatever it might cost her. Then she felt for the little piece of wood. and asked if she had any brothers. and had no key of the castle of the glass-mountain.

and put it in the door and opened it. she ran forward. and out of each little plate their sister ate a small piece. and went merrily home. but if you will wait till they come. and found there the ring. 'Who has eaten from my little plate? And who has been drinking out of my little glass?' 'Caw! Caw! well I ween Mortal lips have this way been. knocking. On a sudden she heard a fluttering and croaking in the air. and did the cooking.' answered she. 'What are you seeking for?' 'I seek for my brothers. and said. 'My masters are not at home. The maid heard someone standing at the house-door. and all hugged and kissed each other. When it became known that the old fox was dead.' Now the little dwarf was getting their dinner ready. and he brought their food upon seven little plates. Mrs Fox went up to her room. 'Here come my masters. THE WEDDING OF MRS FOX FIRST STORY There was once upon a time an old fox with nine tails. did not move a limb. pray step in. and knew that it was his father's and mother's. Then the dwarf said. who believed that his wife was not faithful to him. suitors presented themselves. and wished to put her to the test. and said. and out of each little glass she drank a small drop. She went . He stretched himself out under the bench. and set them upon the table. shut herself in. Miss Cat. and the dwarf said. but she let the ring that she had brought with her fall into the last glass.' When they came in. Then said one after the other. a little dwarf came up to her. he looked at it. As she went in.' When the seventh came to the bottom of his glass. sat by the fire. and behaved as if he were stone dead. they wanted to eat and drink. and looked for their little plates and glasses. and her maid. and in an instant all the ravens took their right form again. the seven ravens. and their drink in seven little glasses. 'O that our little sister would but come! then we should be free.' When the little girl heard this (for she stood behind the door all the time and listened).piece of wood she had lost.

no. and another fox was at the door who wished to woo Mrs Fox. After this still more came. young sir. He had two tails.' 'Do just tell her. and it was a young fox. but he did not fare better than the first. thank you. my dear?' 'Has he nine as beautiful tails as the late Mr Fox?' 'Oh. until at last one came who had nine tails. old Mr Fox stirred under the bench. miss.' The cat goes up the stairs trip. my little cat. and drove them and Mrs Fox out of the house. Miss Cat? Do you sleep or do you wake?' She answered: 'I am not sleeping.' said the fox.' 'Certainly. each with one tail more than the other.' 'What does he look like. miss. And carry old Mr Fox outside. Weeping her little eyes quite red. Would you know what I am making? I am boiling warm beer with butter. 'what is Mrs Fox doing?' The maid replied: 'She is sitting in her room. Because old Mr Fox is dead. . Moaning in her gloom. 'A wooer he stands at the door out there. Soon afterwards there was another knock. who would like to woo her. 'Mistress Fox. but they were all turned away.and opened it. are you inside?' 'Oh. and cudgelled all the rabble. that a young fox is here. like old Mr Fox.' answered the cat. When the widow heard that. tap. trap. tap. 'he has only one.' she cried.' But just as the wedding was going to be solemnized.' 'Then I will not have him. she said joyfully to the cat: 'Now open the gates and doors all wide.' Miss Cat went downstairs and sent the wooer away. who said: 'What may you be about. I am waking. yes. The door she knocks at tap. Will you be my guest for supper?' 'No.

one after the other. thank you. How comes it that alone you sit? What are you making good?' The cat replied: 'In milk I'm breaking bread so sweet. came a dog. opened it for him. and the cat who was servant to Mrs Fox. and eat?' 'No. Will you be my guest. Then Mrs Fox said: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. For old Mr Fox is no more. With her five gold rings at the door she knocks: 'Are you within. a hare. But one of the good qualities which old Mr Fox had possessed. a bear. was always lacking. and all the beasts of the forest. Then will it please you to step below? Mrs Fox asked: 'Has the gentleman red stockings on. and has he a pointed mouth?' 'No. and said: 'Good day. The wolf greeted her.' The wolf answered: 'If she's in want of a husband now. the wolf came as a suitor. And lets her tail fly here and there. good Mistress Fox? If you're in want of a husband now. 'Is Mrs Fox not at home?' The cat said: 'She sits upstairs in her room. Bewailing her sorrowful doom. Until she comes to the parlour door. and knocked at the door. Mrs Cat.' answered the cat.' When the wolf was gone. Mrs Cat of Kehrewit.' answered the wolf. At length came a young fox.SECOND STORY When old Mr Fox was dead. and has a . a stag. a lion. Bewailing her trouble so sore. Then will it please her to step below?' The cat runs quickly up the stair. 'Then he won't do for me. and the cat had continually to send the suitors away.

'this is wonderful. Cut open the dead bird.' The huntsman took pity on her. and one will fall down dead: the cloak will fall too. and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. 'Sweep me the room as clean as you can.little pointed mouth?' 'Yes. 'If all this does happen. it is a wishing-cloak.' The huntsman thanked her.' 'Then let him come upstairs. Up with the window. but I am hungry and thirsty. and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. Off went the flock chattering away.' When he had gone a hundred steps or so. 'he has. . 'Well. took out the heart. then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. THE SALAD As a merry young huntsman was once going briskly along through a wood. it will be a fine thing for me.' said the huntsman. and carried the cloak home with him. 'Listen. there came up a little old woman. you seem merry enough. but one fell down dead. screaming. Yet of his wife he never thought. do pray give me something to eat. and there was much rejoicing and dancing. and the cloak with it. good day. my friend. But ate up every one he caught. Then the huntsman did as the old woman told him. Shoot into the midst of them.' Then the wedding was solemnized with young Mr Fox. this happens just as the old woman said'. to what I am going to tell you. and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet. and said to him. 'Good day. It is the bird's heart that will bring you this good luck. fighting. and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be.' said Mrs Fox. and ordered the servant to prepare the wedding feast. cut open the bird.' said the cat. they are dancing still. take it. and if they have not left off. he heard a screaming and chirping in the branches over him. take out its heart and keep it. and thought to himself. but she took hold of him. Then he wanted to go his way. and said. I will reward you for your kindness. fling out my old man! For many a fine fat mouse he brought. go your way. and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself.

He has a bird's heart that brings a piece of gold under his pillow every morning. but the real reason was. for it is more fit for us than for him. but he was so much in love that he never missed his prize. 'There is a young man coming out of the wood who carries a wonderful prize. I am so tired that I cannot stand any longer. and at last thought to himself. Then he went into the house. so he drew her under his cloak. that whenever I think of it I cannot help being sorrowful. Now the old woman was a witch.' said she. and said to himself. and said.' Then the witch was very angry.' 'If that's all your grief. 'Let us sit down and rest ourselves a little.' said the old witch. and set herself at the window. The diamonds glittered so on all sides that they were delighted with the sight and picked up the finest. and went his way. 'yonder lies the granite rock where all the costly diamonds grow. 'he has already lost his wealth. at the end of which was a large castle in a green meadow. 'Of what use is this gold to me whilst I am at home? I will go out into the world and look about me. But the old witch made a deep sleep come upon him.' said the huntsman. and looked about the country and seemed very sorrowful. 'What makes you so sad?' 'Alas! dear sir. and said to the young lady. for I have money enough to pay for anything I want'. my dear child.' Then he took leave of his friends. 'I have been travelling so long that I should like to go into this castle and rest myself. and doing everything that she wished. and was welcomed kindly. the same happened next day. and it was not long before he was so much in love that he thought of nothing else but looking at the lady's eyes. 'Such a cloak is a very rare and wonderful thing. 'Well.' So she did as the old woman told her. and at one of the windows stood an old woman with a very beautiful young lady by her side looking about them.' So the lady stole it away.' 'Let us leave him that. 'we have got the bird's heart. that he wanted to see more of the beautiful lady. Then the old woman said. and the moment he wished to be on the granite mountain they were both there. and hung his bag and bow about his neck. 'I'll take there with all my heart'. and there lay the piece of gold glittering underneath. for it lay now under the young lady's. 'Now is the time for getting the bird's heart. and he laid his head in her lap and . and the old woman took it away every morning. and indeed every day when he arose. then the huntsman said. and that we must also get. and he said to the young lady. we must get it away from him. but not the wishing-cloak yet. and I must and will have it. It so happened that his road one day led through a thick wood.The next morning when he awoke he lifted up his pillow. for who can reach it? only the birds and the flies--man cannot. and I want so much to go there. and he never found any more gold under his pillow. He heaped up a great deal of gold.' Meantime the huntsman came nearer and looked at the lady.' So they sat down.' said the young lady.

picked up the diamonds. but the heat of the sun scorches so that it begins to wither. Now this rock belonged to fierce giants who lived upon it. and the salad tasted very nice. 'This will help me to my fortune again. he'll go climbing higher up the mountain. the first pushed him with his foot. 'I wish I had something to eat. and as he saw three of them striding about. he said.' said the witch. he still felt very hungry. Then he looked around him. Then he laid himself down and slept off a little of his weariness. and said. and went into the castle and asked for a lodging. 'I can eat salad. he thought to himself. and when he awoke the next morning he broke off a head both of the good and the bad salad. But the huntsman had heard all they said. and as soon as they were gone. and thought to himself. and saw with horror that he was turned into an ass. so he laid himself down as if he were in a sound sleep. but scarcely had he swallowed two bites when he felt himself quite changed.fell asleep.' said the second. 'What worm is this that lies here curled up?' 'Tread upon him and kill him.' said the third. and said. 'It's not worth the trouble. nothing but vegetables. 'who are you? and what is your business?' 'I am. and he fell quite gently to the ground amongst the greens and cabbages. 'I can only save myself by feigning to be asleep'. and left him alone on the wild rock. Then he stained his face all over brown. and enable me to pay off some folks for their treachery. 'that I can go no farther. for here I see neither apples nor pears. nor any kind of fruits. I have been lucky enough to find it.' said he. hung it on her own. he climbed to the top of the mountain.' So he went away to try and find the castle of his friends. 'a messenger sent by the king to find the finest salad that grows under the sun. and scarcely had he tasted it when he felt another change come over him. and whilst he was sleeping on she took the cloak from his shoulders. and when he had sat there a short time a cloud came rolling around him.' said he.' And they passed on. it will refresh and strengthen me. and have brought it with me. and caught him in a whirlwind and bore him along for some time. 'let him live. till it settled in a garden. and I don't know that I can carry . not knowing what to do. if not I shall be worse off than before. 'I am so tired. When the giants came up to him.' So he picked out a fine head and ate of it. so that even his mother would not have known him. so he ate on till he came to another kind of salad. However. and wished herself home again. and soon saw that he was lucky enough to have found his old shape again. When he awoke and found that his lady had tricked him. 'Alas! what roguery there is in the world!' and there he sat in great grief and fear. and after wandering about a few days he luckily found it. and some cloud will come rolling and carry him away.' 'Countryman.' At last he thought to himself.

and told the miller to drive them back to him.' When the witch and the young lady heard of his beautiful salad. give the next (who was the servant-maid) stripes once a day and hay three times. 'All right!' said he. and when they came. I will pay you whatever you ask. 'I don't know where the salad can be. Then the huntsman washed his face and went into the court that they might know him. Now the servant-maid came into the kitchen. 'but how shall I treat them?' Then the huntsman said. 'Now you shall be paid for your roguery. they longed to taste it. After this he went back to the castle. 'those two have had their share. laid them on the dish and brought them to the young lady. so he opened his bag and gave them the bad. but took a few leaves immediately and put them in her mouth. 'Give the old one stripes three times a day and hay once. Some days after. and treat them as I tell you.it farther. and as nobody came with the salad and she longed to taste it. was going to carry it up. and when it was ready she could not wait till it was carried up. 'are alive and eat.' So she ate of it.' said the miller. The messenger sat all this time with the beautiful young lady. 'I have two heads of it with me. and give the youngest (who was the beautiful lady) hay three times a day and no stripes': for he could not find it in his heart to have her beaten. so she also was turned into an ass and ran after the other.' Then the huntsman pitied them.' Then he thought something must have happened.' 'To be sure. 'if you will take them. 'What's the matter?' said the miller. she said. 'Dear countryman. and said. 'I have three tiresome beasts here. and scarcely were they swallowed when she lost her own form and ran braying down into the court in the form of an ass.' said the other. let us just taste it. he gave them some of the good salad to eat. and seeing the salad ready. and said. saying. give them food and room. and like the others ran off into the court braying away. the miller came to him and told him that the old ass was dead.' said he. and will give you one'.' answered he. 'I will go into the kitchen and see. and ate some leaves. And the beautiful young lady . Then the witch herself took it into the kitchen to be dressed.' said he.' 'With all my heart. letting the dish with the salad fall on the ground. and the salad lying on the ground.' And as he went he saw two asses in the court running about. but are so sorrowful that they cannot last long. 'The other two. 'I bring you the dish myself that you may not wait any longer. where he found everything he wanted. but on the way she too felt a wish to taste it as the old woman had done. and tied them all three to a rope and took them along with him till he came to a mill and knocked at the window.' Then he took up the rest of the leaves.

and could do everything. but you will not earn your bread by that.' Soon after this the sexton came to the house on a visit. too. father. it makes me shudder!" It does not make me shudder. no father.' The elder brother smiled when he heard that. but the younger was stupid and could neither learn nor understand anything. 'Keep it. 'Just think. it was always the elder who was forced to do it. Your wishing-cloak hangs up in the closet. he answered: 'Oh. it makes me shudder!' for he was afraid. but you do not even earn your salt.' . and when people saw him they said: 'There's a fellow who will give his father some trouble!' When anything had to be done. 'O dearest huntsman! forgive me all the ill I have done you. it makes us shudder!' The younger sat in a corner and listened with the rest of them. the elder of who was smart and sensible. and the way led through the churchyard. and as for the bird's heart.' 'Well. and thought to himself: 'Goodness. and you too must learn something by which you can earn your bread. 'I am quite willing to learn something--indeed. 'That. I should like to learn how to shudder.' he replied.fell upon her knees before him. it will be just the same thing. you are growing tall and strong. my mother forced me to it. and the father bewailed his trouble. you fellow in the corner there. 'They are always saying: "It makes me shudder. Look how your brother works. and answered him: 'You shall soon learn what it is to shudder. if it could but be managed. or in the night-time.' But he said. I don't understand that at all yet.' So they were married. and lived together very happily till they died. but if his father bade him fetch anything when it was late. and said. THE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO WENT FORTH TO LEARN WHAT FEAR WAS A certain father had two sons. what a blockhead that brother of mine is! He will never be good for anything as long as he lives! He who wants to be a sickle must bend himself betimes. for I mean to make you my wife. for I always loved you very much. must be an art of which I understand nothing!' Now it came to pass that his father said to him one day: 'Hearken to me. I'll not go there.' thought he. or any other dismal place. and could not imagine what they could mean. the listeners sometimes said: 'Oh. Or when stories were told by the fire at night which made the flesh creep. and told him how his younger son was so backward in every respect that he knew nothing and learnt nothing. I will give it you too. it was against my will.' The father sighed.

and as he would neither gave an answer nor go away. and threw him downstairs. 'Your boy. he actually wanted to learn to shudder. however. Go out of my sight.said he. I will see you no more. but the figure made no reply. Then the boy called to him for the third time. 'do listen to me. for he thought: 'It will train the boy a little. He was standing there by night like one intent on doing evil. and without saying a word went to bed. and when the boy was at the top of the tower and turned round. After a day or two. I took him for a scoundrel.' cried she. who was lying moaning in the corner. he saw a white figure standing on the stairs opposite the sounding hole. and as that was also to no purpose.' replied the boy. 'when I asked him how he was going to earn his bread.' 'Father. and then with loud screams she hastened to the boy's father. so that it fell down the ten steps and remained lying there in a corner. and he had to ring the church bell.' said the father.' 'Ah. and secretly went there before him.' .' 'If that be all.' he replied. The sexton's wife waited a long time for her husband. Send him to me.' uttered no sound and stood as if he were made of stone. went home. I did not know who it was. and had broken his leg. and I entreated him three times either to speak or to go away. 'What wicked tricks are these?' said he. 'but someone was standing by the sounding hole on the other side of the steps.' The father was glad to do it. 'Who is there?' cried he. 'or take yourself off. but he did not come back. 'has been the cause of a great misfortune! He has thrown my husband down the steps so that he broke his leg. and I will soon polish him. Just go there and you will see if it was he. you have no business here at night. Take the good-for-nothing fellow out of our house. Thereupon he rang the bell. I don't know.' replied the sexton. The boy cried a second time: 'What do you want here?--speak if you are an honest fellow. She carried him down. and ran thither and scolded the boy.' The woman ran away and found her husband. remained standing motionless that the boy might think he was a ghost. and bade him arise and go up into the church tower and ring the bell. he ran against him and pushed the ghost down the stairs. and was just going to take hold of the bell rope. or I will throw you down the steps!' The sexton thought: 'He can't mean to be as bad as his words. At length she became uneasy.' thought he. I am quite innocent.' 'No. 'he can learn that with me. and fell asleep.' cried the boy. the sexton awoke him at midnight. and wakened the boy.' The sexton therefore took him into his house.' The father was terrified. and asked: 'Do you know where my husband is? He climbed up the tower before you did. 'Give an answer. and did not move or stir.' The sexton. 'You shall soon learn what shuddering is. 'I have nothing but unhappiness with you. I should be sorry if it were. 'The devil must have put them into your head.

And as he was cold. Sit down beneath it. and let their rags go on burning. and who is your father. Here are fifty talers for you. and you will soon learn how to shudder. and said: 'Well do you know how to shudder?' 'No. 'it is easily done. for I have reason to be ashamed of you. therefore. and they moved backwards and forwards. and climbed up. or I will hang you up again. right willingly. 'it is all the same to me. and wait till night comes.' and he hung them up again each in his turn. I will not be burnt with you. 'how should I know? Those fellows up there did not open their mouths.' 'Yes.' spoke the father. it shall be as you will. Then he sat down by his fire and fell asleep. he lighted himself a fire. unbound one of them after the other.' answered the youth. at any rate. father. Just come back to me early in the morning. and set them all round it to warm themselves.' answered he. however.' Then the youth went to the gallows. how those up above must freeze and suffer!' And as he felt pity for them. and then I shall. the boy put his fifty talers into his pocket. but were quite silent. but at midnight the wind blew so sharply that in spite of his fire. and continually said to himself: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' Then a man approached who heard this conversation which the youth was holding with himself. the man said to him: 'Look.' The youth likewise went his way. and once more began to mutter to himself: 'Ah. At this he grew angry. and were so stupid that they let the few old rags which they had on their bodies get burnt. I can easily keep it in mind.' 'Learn what you will. if I could but shudder!' A waggoner who was striding behind him heard this and asked: 'Who are .' When the day dawned. he could not get warm. and the next morning the man came to him and wanted to have the fifty talers. Then will I go forth and learn how to shudder.' 'If that is all that is wanted. and brought down all seven.' The dead men. understand one art which will support me. I cannot help you. there is the tree where seven men have married the ropemaker's daughter. and tell no one from whence you come. and went forth on the great highway. wait only until it is day. father. and the fire caught their clothes. did not hear.' Then the man saw that he would not get the fifty talers that day. he raised the ladder. So he said: 'Take care. sat down beneath it. and are now learning how to fly. blew it. and waited till evening came. but if I learn how to shudder as fast as that. if I could but shudder! Ah. Take these and go into the wide world. and when they had walked a little farther to where they could see the gallows.'Yes. And as the wind knocked the hanged men against each other. he thought to himself: 'If you shiver below by the fire. you shall have my fifty talers. But they sat there and did not stir. If you desire nothing more than that. and went away saying: 'Such a youth has never come my way before. and said: 'If you will not take care. Then he stoked the fire.

' 'What is it that you are always muttering between your teeth?' 'Ah. laughed and said: 'If that is your desire. and a cutting-board with the knife. 'so many prying persons have already lost their lives. be silent. if he would but watch in it for three nights. The king had promised that he who would venture should have his daughter to wife. when they had warmed themselves. 'but I shall not learn it here either. and as the youth pleased him. they said: 'Comrade.' 'Ah. 'Come.' The youth went with the waggoner. I will see about a place for you. Then the youth went next morning to the king.' Towards midnight he was about to poke his fire.' replied the youth. Likewise in the castle lay great treasures. it would be a pity and a shame if such beautiful eyes as these should never see the daylight again. but they must be things without life. but no one can teach me how. and she was the most beautiful maiden the sun shone on. until the latter told him. and in the evening they arrived at an inn where they wished to pass the night. Then the waggoner asked: 'From whence do you come?' 'I know not. miau! how cold we are!' 'You fools!' cried he. but as yet none had come out again.' said the waggoner. a turning lathe. go with me.you?' 'I don't know.' The king had these things carried into the castle for him during the day. When night was drawing near. and said: 'If it be allowed. and these treasures would then be freed.' 'Enough of your foolish chatter. and as he was blowing it. and seated himself by the turning-lathe. he said: 'You may ask for three things to take into the castle with you. 'but . I will learn it.' answered the youth. two great black cats came with one tremendous leap and sat down on each side of him. something cried suddenly from one corner: 'Au. that not far from thence stood a haunted castle where anyone could very easily learn what shuddering was. there ought to be a good opportunity for you here.' said the hostess. and would make a poor man rich enough.' 'Who is your father?' 'That I may not tell you.' And when he had said that. come and take a seat by the fire and warm yourselves. 'what are you crying about? If you are cold. Then at the entrance of the parlour the youth again said quite loudly: 'If I could but shudder! If I could but shudder!' The host who heard this. Already many men had gone into the castle. if I could but shudder!' said he.' But the youth said: 'However difficult it may be. the youth went up and made himself a bright fire in one of the rooms.' The king looked at him. After a short time. 'Ah. and looked savagely at him with their fiery eyes. For this purpose indeed have I journeyed forth. placed the cutting-board and knife beside it. I will willingly watch three nights in the haunted castle.' Then he answered: 'Then I ask for a fire.' He let the host have no rest. 'I do so wish I could shudder. shall we have a game of cards?' 'Why not?' he replied. which were guarded by evil spirits.

there was a roaring and howling.' said he. But when he had made away with these two. and cried: 'Away with you. Then he looked round and saw a great bed in the corner.' said he.' Then the king was astonished.' said he. got up. When he was just going to shut his eyes. He watched them for a while quietly. Some of them ran away. 'That is no part of our bargain.' and lay down by his fire. an uproar and noise of tumbling about was heard. and more and more of them came until he could no longer move. and at length with a loud scream. pulled it to pieces. but it grew louder and louder.just show me your paws.' The youth heard it. and slept till it was day. 'That is the very thing for me. 'Wait. the bed began to move of its own accord. may drive. but at last when they were going too far. 'I have looked at your fingers. When he came back he fanned the embers of his fire again and warmed himself. and got into it. and was about to sit down again by his fire. vermin. 'Oh. 'and my fancy for card-playing has gone. got out and said: 'Now anyone who likes. 'it is all in vain. sat down by the fire. but very glad.' answered he. and lay on him like a mountain. 'what long nails you have! Wait. 'Hullo!' cried he. put them on the cutting-board and screwed their feet fast. and went over the whole of the castle. but suddenly hop.' and began to cut them down. out from every hole and corner came black cats and black dogs with red-hot chains. it turned over upside down. at first it was low.' said he. Then it was quiet for a while. and said: 'It has not come to that yet. over thresholds and stairs. But he threw quilts and pillows up in the air. his eyes would keep open no longer. and said: 'I never expected to see you alive again! Have you learnt how to shudder yet?' 'No. the two pieces were joined together.' Then the bed rolled on as if six horses were harnessed to it. And as he thus sat.' When he had done that and looked round again.' said he. he thought the evil spirits had killed him and he was dead. In the morning the king came. he seized his cutting-knife. the others he killed. and got on his fire. 'That's right. This is not enough!' Then the uproar began again. and asked how he had fared. 'I will just stoke up the fire a little for you. however. If someone would but tell me!' The second night he again went up into the old castle. hop. and they yelled horribly. 'one night is past. 'Very well indeed. and a hideous man was sitting in his place.' . and tried to put it out. and he felt a desire to sleep. who opened his eyes very wide. up and down. and the other half fell down likewise. and when he saw him lying there on the ground.' Thereupon he seized them by the throats. and threw out into the fish-pond. the two others will pass likewise.' and he struck them dead and threw them out into the water.' Then they stretched out their claws. I must first cut them for you. 'another half belongs to this.' said he.--for so handsome a man. Then said he: 'After all it is a pity. half a man came down the chimney and fell before him. and once more began his old song: 'If I could but shudder!' When midnight came. 'but go faster.' Then he went to the innkeeper.

and shut the lid.' 'What!' said he. little cousin. everything vanished from his sight.' replied the youth. The youth also wanted to play and said: 'Listen you. but it was cold as ice. the youth. who died only a few days ago. that is certainly my little cousin. they brought nine dead men's legs and two skulls.' When it grew late. 'If I am to die. have I not warmed you?' The dead man.' .' 'I will soon seize you. covered him over and lay down by him. and sat down by the fire and laid him on his breast and rubbed his arms that the blood might circulate again. 'You wretch. but he remained cold.' 'Money enough.' The man wanted to push him away. 'Wait. however. 'There. 'I cannot manage to shudder.' said the fiend. threw him into it. now they will roll better!' said he.' and he took him up. 'is that the way you thank me? You shall at once go into your coffin again.' and carried him to the bed.' and went to the fire and warmed his hand and laid it on the dead man's face.' replied he.' he answered.' 'Have you not shuddered then?' 'What?' said he. Then said the youth. but thrust him off with all his strength. if you have any money. he thought to himself: 'When two people lie in bed together. 'I shall never learn it here as long as I live. do not talk so big. got up and cried: 'Now will I strangle you.' and he beckoned with his finger. softly. Then he said: 'Ha.' They placed the coffin on the ground. 'I have been playing at nine-pins. 'you shall soon learn what it is to shudder. and began to move. six tall men came in and brought a coffin. but when it struck twelve. He felt his face. however. 'Softly. and seated himself again in his own place.' Then a man entered who was taller than all others. He lay down and quietly fell asleep. Then came the six men and carried him away again. After a short time the dead man became warm too.' cried he. 'and have lost a couple of farthings. would not allow that. for you shall die. I shall have to have a say in it.said the youth. come. 'Hurrah! now we'll have fun!' He played with them and lost some of his money. and perhaps even stronger. little cousin. but he went to it and took the lid off. Next morning the king came to inquire after him. 'but your balls are not quite round. however. and looked terrible. 'How has it fared with you this time?' asked he. 'the bench is mine. Then still more men fell down. and cried: 'Come. one after the other.' Then he took the skulls and put them in the lathe and turned them till they were round. and had a long white beard. and a dead man lay therein. can I join you?' 'Yes. ha. He was old. 'See. 'I have had a wonderful time! If I did but know what it was to shudder!' The third night he sat down again on his bench and said quite sadly: 'If I could but shudder.' said he.' 'Not so fast. Then he took him out. 'I will warm you a little. I am as strong as you are. As this also did no good. they warm each other.' said he. and set them up and played at nine-pins with them.

The old man led him back into the castle. so that the little fishes would sprawl about him. but howsoever much the young king loved his wife.' said the youth.' said he. At night when the young king was sleeping. took an axe. I will let you go--come.' Then he seized an iron bar and beat the old man till he moaned and entreated him to stop. but no one told me what it was to shudder. 'but still I do not know what it is to shudder!' Then the gold was brought up and the wedding celebrated. and with one blow struck an anvil into the ground. 'I can do better than that. and his white beard hung down.' he answered. and she only made sport of them. so that the youth stood in darkness. and haughty. but so proud. 'Now I have you. and in a cellar showed him three chests full of gold.' said the old man. and the spirit disappeared. the third yours.' said he. and however happy he was. his wife was to draw the clothes off him and empty the bucket full of cold water with the gudgeons in it over him. we will try. and had a whole bucketful of gudgeons brought to her.' She went out to the stream which flowed through the garden. split the anvil with one blow. Then he woke up and cried: 'Oh. 'I shall still be able to find my way out. he shall soon learn what it is to shudder. he still said always: 'If I could but shudder--if I could but shudder. The youth drew out the axe and let him go.' 'Then. 'Of these. and shall marry my daughter. and went to the other anvil. and in it caught the old man's beard. 'Now it is your turn to die. Then the youth seized the axe.'We shall see. the other for the king. . 'If you are stronger. 'you have saved the castle. found the way into the room. and conceited.' said the king.' said he. 'one part is for the poor. dear wife? Ah! now I know what it is to shudder!' KING GRISLY-BEARD A great king of a land far away in the East had a daughter who was very beautiful. Her waiting-maid said: 'I will find a cure for him. and slept there by his fire. and a bearded man came and showed me a great deal of money down below. that none of the princes who came to ask her in marriage was good enough for her. The old man placed himself near and wanted to look on. what makes me shudder so?--what makes me shudder so. when he would give him great riches. 'what can it be? My dead cousin was here.' 'That is all very well. and felt about. Next morning the king came and said: 'Now you must have learnt what shuddering is?' 'No.' said the youth.' And this at last angered her.' In the meantime it struck twelve.' Then he led him by dark passages to a smith's forge.

'I have sworn to give you to the first comer. 'Whose are these beautiful green meadows?' said she. 'whose is this wood?' 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. 'Whose is this noble city?' said she. 'Look at him. 'Pray. who began to play under the window and beg alms. willing or unwilling. and they soon came to a great wood. The next was too tall: 'What a maypole!' said she. and earls. but the king said. and asked thither all her suitors. it had all been thine. he begged a boon.' 'Ah! wretch that I am!' sighed she. and counts. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Then they came to a great city.' So words and tears were of no avail. ranged according to their rank--kings. be he prince or beggar. 'You have sung so well.' said the fiddler: 'why . that I will give you my daughter for your wife. so she called him 'Coxcomb. 'would that I had married King Grisly-beard!' Next they came to some fine meadows. The fourth was too pale.' answered he. she should marry the first man. hadst thou taken him. 'his beard is like an old mop.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' said she.' The princess begged and prayed. And thus she had some joke to crack upon every one: but she laughed more than all at a good king who was there. and she was married to the fiddler.' So they brought in a dirty-looking fellow. and they all sat in a row. hadst thou taken him. and dukes. and princes. The first was too fat: 'He's as round as a tub. Two days after there came by a travelling fiddler. that came to the door. and I will keep my word. 'why did I not marry King Grisly-beard?' 'That is no business of mine.' Then the fiddler went his way. Then the princess came in.' said she. and when he had sung before the king and the princess. and how she ill-treated all his guests.' said she. the parson was sent for. The next was too short: 'What a dumpling!' said she. When this was over the king said. he shall be called Grisly-beard. and she called him 'Wallface.' said she. 'Now get ready to go--you must not stay here--you must travel on with your husband.' The sixth was not straight enough. and barons.' The fifth was too red. Then the king said. 'hadst thou taken him. they had all been thine. that had been laid to dry over a baker's oven. 'Let him come in. and he vowed that. 'They belong to King Grisly-beard.' So the king got the nickname of Grisly-beard. But the old king was very angry when he saw how his daughter behaved.' 'Ah! unlucky wretch that I am!' sighed she. he said.Once upon a time the king held a great feast. 'It belongs to King Grisly-beard. and knights. and took her with him. all had been thine. and when the king heard him. and as she passed by them she had something spiteful to say to every one. so she said he was like a green stick.

so I have been to the king's palace. They lived on this as long as it lasted. 'if any of my father's court should pass by and see me standing in the market. 'What a paltry place!' said she. if she did not wish to die of hunger. but a drunken soldier soon came by. and said she must work. and rode his horse against her stall. 'as to put an earthenware stall in the corner of the market.' So she sat down and tried to spin. where we are to live. 'Ah! what will become of me?' said she. 'Wife. I'll try and set up a trade in pots and pans.' said the fiddler. you can do no work: what a bargain I have got! However. 'What do we want with servants?' said he. and there you will have plenty to eat. Then she began to cry. 'See now. She had not been there long before she heard that the king's eldest son . seeing such a beautiful woman. for I am very tired. I see you are not fit for this sort of work.' Then he went out and cut willows. and asked if they did not want a kitchen-maid. spending money and earning nothing.' 'Alas!' sighed she. and she sat herself down with it in the corner of the market. and on this they lived. and you shall stand in the market and sell them. 'you are good for nothing. 'what will my husband say?' So she ran home and told him all. and they say they will take you. and broke all her goods into a thousand pieces. 'I see this work won't do. but it made her fingers very sore. how they will laugh at me!' But her husband did not care for that. and the fiddler was forced to help her. When they had eaten a very scanty meal they went to bed.' Thus the princess became a kitchen-maid. and helped the cook to do all the dirtiest work. Now make the fire. the man said. At first the trade went well. 'you must do for yourself whatever is to be done. we can't go on thus.' 'Where are your servants?' cried she. but the fiddler called her up very early in the morning to clean the house. 'That is your and my house. and brought them home.' But the princess knew nothing of making fires and cooking.' said he.should you wish for another husband? Am not I good enough for you?' At last they came to a small cottage. You must learn to weave baskets. and she began to weave. and put on water and cook my supper. 'Who would have thought you would have been so silly. but the threads cut her tender fingers till the blood ran. for many people.' said he: 'try and spin. perhaps you will do that better. and paid their money without thinking of taking away the goods. went to buy her wares. but she was allowed to carry home some of the meat that was left. and then her husband bought a fresh lot of ware. and knew not what to do. 'to whom does that little dirty hole belong?' Then the fiddler said. Thus they lived for two days: and when they had eaten up all there was in the cottage. where everybody passes? but let us have no more crying.

so that the meats in it fell about. which she put into her basket to take home. Then she bitterly grieved for the pride and folly which had brought her so low. he took her by the hand. none came home again. And the servants gave her some of the rich meats.' But of these also. he kept fast hold.' Then the chamberlains came and brought her the most beautiful robes. Then everybody laughed and jeered at her. he sent for all his huntsmen. and she went to one of the windows and looked out. and offered to go into the dangerous forest. and it lay there in deep stillness and solitude. and the next day he sent out two more huntsmen who were to search for him. and to show you the folly of your ill-treatment of me. and nothing was seen of it. but they too stayed away. and all the pomp and brightness of the court was there. going to be married. and when he saw a beautiful woman at the door. One day he sent out a huntsman to shoot him a roe. and I only wish that you and I had been of the party. and led her in. Joy was in every face and every heart. All on a sudden. 'Perhaps some accident has befallen him. Then on the third day. full of all kinds of wild animals.was passing by. and her father and his whole court were there already. The feast was grand. and the cover of the basket came off. 'Fear me not! I am the fiddler who has lived with you in the hut. but sometimes an eagle or a hawk flying over it. I have done all this only to cure you of your silly pride. all were merry. Now all is over: you have learnt wisdom. who was making sport of her. but on the steps King Grisly-beard overtook her. and brought her back and said. I brought you there because I really loved you. She sprang to the door to run away. in came the king's son in golden clothes. Everything was ready. and it is time to hold our marriage feast. The . but she trembled for fear. no one would any longer venture into the forest. However. and do not give up until you have found all three. that she wished herself a thousand feet deep in the earth. they danced and sang. for she saw that it was King Grisly-beard. and she was so abashed. but he did not come back. and welcomed her home on her marriage. I am also the soldier that overset your stall. none were seen again. and said: 'Scour the whole forest through. From that time forth. This lasted for many years. IRON HANS There was once upon a time a king who had a great forest near his palace. as she was going out. when an unknown huntsman announced himself to the king as seeking a situation.' said the king. and said she should be his partner in the dance.

When the huntsman saw that. and hurried away. and brought the key. the king has forbidden it. and asked the queen how that had happened. When the king came home. The king had a son of eight years. took him up. for I have not the key. had him put in an iron cage in his courtyard. When the wild man had once more reached the dark forest. It was not long before the dog fell in with some game on the way.' 'Not till you have opened the door for me. who was once playing in the courtyard. and said to him: 'You will never see your father and mother again. you can get it there. The boy ran thither and said: 'Give me my ball out. The king sent out people to seek for him in the fields.' The boy. and a naked arm stretched itself out of the water. . Then he could easily guess what had happened. She knew nothing about it. however. but it was gone.' Then the wild man said: 'It lies under your mother's pillow. who wanted to have his ball back. set him on his shoulder. 'I will not do that. could go no farther. but hardly had the dog run two steps when it stood before a deep pool. and led him away to the castle. There was great astonishment over the wild man. I will venture it at my own risk. he observed the empty cage. he went back and fetched three men to come with buckets and bale out the water. and the boy pinched his fingers. cast all thought to the winds.' but the boy would not. wild man. but no one answered. and you would never come out again. his golden ball fell into the cage. but I will keep you with me.' The huntsman therefore betook himself with his dog to the forest. and whose hair hung over his face down to his knees.king. They bound him with cords. and sought the key. I fear it would fare with you no better than with the others. On the third day the king had ridden out hunting. She called the boy. and much grief reigned in the royal court. and went with hasty steps into the forest. of fear I know nothing. The door opened with difficulty. and the queen herself was to take the key into her keeping. the wild man said: 'Open my door. When they could see to the bottom there lay a wild man whose body was brown like rusty iron. and drew it under. and said: 'It is not safe in there. gave him the golden ball. or I shall be beaten!' The wild man turned back. however. and the boy went once more and said: 'I cannot open the door even if I wished.' and ran away. The next day he again went and asked for his ball.' said the boy. he called and cried after him: 'Oh. for you have set me free. The boy had become afraid. but they did not find him. do not go away. he took the boy down from his shoulder. When it was open the wild man stepped out. 'No. and wanted to pursue it. seized it. the king.' The huntsman replied: 'Lord. and forbade the door to be opened on pain of death. would not give his consent. And from this time forth everyone could again go into the forest with safety.' answered the man. and while he was playing.

But as you have not a bad heart. his long hair fell down from his shoulders into the water. and did not stir his finger. and trying to look straight into the eyes. the boy sat by the well. But he said: 'You have dipped your finger into the water. come to the forest and cry: "Iron Hans. If you do all I bid you. You can imagine how terrified the poor boy was! He took his pocket-handkerchief and tied it round his head.' he answered.' said he. and walked by beaten and unbeaten . 'You have let a hair fall into the well.' On the third day. and I have gold and silver in abundance. but if this happens for the third time then the well is polluted and you can no longer remain with me. and then unhappily a hair fell down into the well. this time it may pass.and I have compassion on you. the gold well is as bright and clear as crystal. his finger hurt him so violently that he involuntarily put it in the water. and let the boy excuse himself as he might. He took it quickly out. and held his finger behind his back. and whatsoever pains he took to wash the gold off again. there is one thing I will grant you.' By daybreak the boy was already sitting by the well and watching it.' Then the golden hair streamed forth. and take care that nothing falls into it. it was of no use. in order that the man might not see it. that the man might not see it. and said: 'Behold. however much it hurt him. you shall fare well. His finger hurt him again and he passed it over his head. and the next morning the man took him to a well. and he looked at the reflection of his face on the surface of the water. But the time was long to him. My power is great. and said: 'Take the handkerchief off.' Then the king's son left the forest. if you fall into any difficulty. and more than anyone in the world. Iron Hans came. As he was thus sitting. And as he still bent down more and more while he was doing so. 'You have not stood the trial and can stay here no longer. all was to no purpose. greater than you think. He drew it quickly out again. and already knew what had happened." and then I will come and help you. and said: 'What has happened to the well?' 'Nothing nothing. and often saw a golden fish or a golden snake show itself therein. I will come every evening to see if you have obeyed my order. and took care that nothing fell in. but it was already quite gilded.' He made a bed of moss for the boy on which he slept. looked at the boy. you shall sit beside it. Go forth into the world. or it will be polluted. and as I mean well by you. but the whole of the hair of his head was already golden and shone like the sun. but take care you do not again let anything go in.' The boy placed himself by the brink of the well. but saw that it was quite gilded. When he came he already knew everything. 'I will allow you to watch by it once more. Of treasure and gold have I enough. there you will learn what poverty is. He raised himself up quickly. In the evening Iron Hans came back.

had pity on him. At length the cook took him into his service. he kept his little cap on. and he learnt nothing by which he could help himself. Lord. and up she sprang to see what that could be. Then she saw the boy. but as he did not like to let his golden hair be seen. and gave him a handful of ducats.' He answered: 'Ah.' When he got into the room. but he held it fast with both hands. and get another. Once when it so happened that no one else was at hand. she could not get his cap away from him. There he looked for work. The cook. and told him to stay. but they liked him.' 'Oh. and said: 'How can you take the king's daughter a garland of such common flowers? Go quickly. bring me a wreath of flowers. and will please her better. As the sun shone on his hair it glittered and flashed so that the rays fell into the bedroom of the king's daughter. On the third day things went just the same. Such a thing as that had never yet come under the king's notice.' The following day the king's daughter again called to him that he was to bring her a wreath of field-flowers. hoe and dig. The people about court did not at all know what use they could make of him. and cried to him: 'Boy. it is not seemly to keep it on in my presence. And now the boy had to plant and water the garden. and asked if they would take him in. but he would not keep them.' He put his cap on with all haste.' She.paths ever onwards until at length he reached a great city. Once in summer when he was working alone in the garden. and wanted to take it away from him. the king's daughter said: 'Take your cap off. When he was ascending the stairs with them. she instantly snatched at his cap. but she held him by the arm. He wanted to run out. and said: 'I present them to your children. and then he went in with it. caught at his cap and pulled it off.' replied the boy. . She again gave him a handful of ducats. the cook ordered him to carry the food to the royal table. and seek out the prettiest and rarest. and asked how he could take such a boy as that into his service.' Then the king had the cook called before him and scolded him. no. I have a sore head. however. but he cared nothing for the gold pieces. and then his golden hair rolled down on his shoulders. and exchanged him for the gardener's boy. and gathered wild field-flowers and bound them together. and that he was to send him away at once. however. they can play with them. 'the wild ones have more scent. the gardener met him.' He again said: 'I may not. and it was splendid to behold. I have a bad sore place on my head. and rake the cinders together. He took them to the gardener. and gave them to the gardener for playthings for his children. and said he might carry wood and water. and he said: 'When you come to the royal table you must take your hat off. I cannot. and bear the wind and bad weather. the day was so warm he took his little cap off that the air might cool him. and he would not have her money. With these he departed. but could find none. At length he went to the palace.

but the youth pursued. and behind them followed a great troop of warriors entirely equipped in iron.' The king said to his daughter: 'I will proclaim a great feast that shall last for three days. it was lame of one foot. and crying: "Here comes our hobblety jib back again!" They asked. and still more than you ask for. and never stopped. The king gathered together his people. and their swords flashed in the sun. and it would have gone badly without me. who was superior in strength and had a mighty army. and said: 'He has just come home on his three-legged horse. and wished him joy of his victory. Thereupon the wild man appeared immediately. until there was not a single man left. and soon he was riding on his three-legged horse. but the king did not know. 'What do you desire?' asked the wild man. and said: 'Seek one for yourself when we are gone. 'What do you desire?' . 'I am not the one who carried away the victory. When he got near the battlefield a great part of the king's men had already fallen. and could hardly be restrained. They began to flee. and give me my three-legged horse again. but he smiled.' The others laughed. and said: 'He followed the enemy. he called 'Iron Hans' three times so loudly that it echoed through the trees. Perhaps the unknown man will show himself. 'but a strange knight who came to my assistance with his soldiers. Then said the gardener's boy: 'I am grown up. his daughter went to meet him.' When they had gone forth. mounted the other. and the others have been mocking him. and said: 'What do you desire?' 'I want a strong steed. too: "Under what hedge have you been lying sleeping all the time?" So he said: "I did the best of all.Not long afterwards.' 'That you shall have. however.' All that he asked was done. for I am going to the wars. the country was overrun by war. broke like a hurricane over the enemy.' The daughter wanted to hear who the strange knight was. and called Iron Hans. the youth went out to the forest.' She inquired of the gardener where his boy was.' Then the wild man went back into the forest. and did not know whether or not he could offer any opposition to the enemy. and little was wanting to make the rest give way. When he came to the outskirts. When the king returned to his palace. nevertheless he mounted it. and rode at the head of the soldiers. and you shall throw a golden apple. Then the youth galloped thither with his iron soldiers.' said he. and I did not see him again. and rode away to the dark forest.' When the feast was announced. 'Take back your horse and your troops. he went into the stable. he conducted his troop by byways back to the forest. and called forth Iron Hans. and will go to the wars also. who led a horse that snorted with its nostrils." And then he was still more ridiculed. only give me a horse. and led the horse out. and beat down all who opposed him. and it was not long before a stable-boy came out of it. Instead of returning to the king. The youth made over his three-legged horse to the stable-boy. and limped hobblety jib. we will leave one behind us in the stable for you. hobblety jib.

'He is at work in the garden.' said Iron Hans. and was recognized by no one. you are no gardener's boy.' said the king.' answered he. 'Are you the knight who came every day to the festival.' and he took them out of his pocket. Give me your daughter to wife. and he came and again had his little cap on his head. always in different colours. should go away again they should pursue him. The king's daughter came forward. and ride on a spirited chestnut-horse. and they could see that he had golden hair.' answered he. 'that indeed you can. the queer creature has been at the festival too. 'If you desire further proof. and again he caught the apple. Again he was the only one who caught the apple. the king's attendants pursued him. and gave him a white horse. and then his golden hair fell down over his shoulders.' The maiden laughed. They rode back and announced this to the king. but I have already seen by his golden hair that he was no gardener's boy. the youth galloped to the spot. and threw a golden apple to the knights. took his place amongst the knights. The king grew angry. he received from Iron Hans a suit of black armour and a black horse.' 'It is as safe as if you had it already. and he did not linger an instant. but none of them caught it but he.' He gave the order that if the knight who caught the apple. only as soon as he had it he galloped away.asked he. On the third day.' and then she went and . But when he was riding off with it. But I am likewise the knight who helped you to your victory over your enemies. he must appear before me and tell his name. they were to cut him down and stab him. you may see the wound which your people gave me when they followed me. 'that I owe my thanks to you. and said: 'He does not stand much on ceremony. and gold have I in plenty as great as I require. 'That I may catch the king's daughter's golden apple. 'You shall likewise have a suit of red armour for the occasion. but his horse leapt so violently that the helmet fell from the youth's head. who is your father?' 'My father is a mighty king. The youth nevertheless escaped from them. and who caught the three golden apples?' asked the king.' The king had him summoned into his presence. and he was so handsome that all were amazed. tell me. he has likewise shown my children three golden apples which he has won. and said: 'That is not allowed. 'Yes. But the king's daughter went up to him and took it off.' When the day came. can I do anything to please you?' 'Yes. but galloped off with it. 'and here the apples are. and only came home yesterday evening.' 'If you can perform such deeds as that. and if he would not come back willingly. and returned them to the king. The following day the king's daughter asked the gardener about his boy. and one of them got so near him that he wounded the youth's leg with the point of his sword.' 'I well see. On the second day Iron Hans equipped him as a white knight.

like the stars: and his hunters were told to hunt out all the beasts in . But the king made the most skilful workmen in his kingdom weave the three dresses: one golden. But the king was not to be comforted. still there was not one to be found who had golden hair.' And thus she though he would think of the matter no more. like the moon. like the sun. and a stately king came in with a great retinue. and were in great delight. embraced him and said: 'I am Iron Hans. and had the same golden hair. shall be your property. 'Promise me that you will never marry again.' So messengers were sent far and wide. for they had given up all hope of ever seeing their dear son again. and for a long time never thought of taking another wife. So the messengers came home. and who has golden hair like mine. that we may have a queen. and was so beautiful that her match was not to be met with on the whole face of the earth.' CAT-SKIN There was once a king. so she said to him. his wise men said. 'this will not do. the music suddenly stopped.' When the courtiers heard this they were shocked. to which every beast in the kingdom must give a part of his skin. and was by enchantment a wild man. unless you meet with a wife who is as beautiful as I am. but hoped the king would soon give up such thoughts. Now the king had a daughter. and when she felt that her end drew near she called the king to her and said. but you have set me free. and said. And as they were sitting at the marriage-feast. and a third sparkling. like the moon.' Then when the king in his grief promised all she asked. and had had all their trouble for nothing. however. 'Before I marry anyone I must have three dresses: one must be of gold.' And his daughter was also shocked. the king must marry again. another silvery. He went up to the youth. His father and mother came to the wedding. and you say there must be a queen. But there was no princess in the world so beautiful. At last. to seek for a bride as beautiful as the late queen. whose queen had hair of the purest gold. like the sun. and if there had been. the king looked at her and saw that she was just like this late queen: then he said to his courtiers. 'May I not marry my daughter? She is the very image of my dead wife: unless I have her. And when she was grown up. and a third must be dazzling as the stars: besides this. all the treasures which I possess. another must be of shining silver. But this beautiful queen fell ill. 'Heaven forbid that a father should marry his daughter! Out of so great a sin no good can come.kissed him. who was just as beautiful as her mother. she shut her eyes and died. I want a mantle of a thousand different kinds of fur put together. the doors opened. I shall not find any bride upon the whole earth.

She next opened her nutshell. When all were ready. and made to fetch wood and water.' Then she took her little lamp. and . but be back again in half an hour's time. Thus Cat-skin lived for a long time very sorrowfully. and went away. Everyone made way for her. 'May I go up a little while and see what is going on? I will take care and stand behind the door. its skin seems to be of a thousand kinds of fur. 'In the hollow tree there lies a most wonderful beast. and to take the finest fur out of their skins: and thus a mantle of a thousand furs was made. As she was very tired. and do things of that sort. and the maiden awoke and was greatly frightened. 'Look sharp!' said the king to the huntsmen. pluck the poultry. and took three of her trinkets. the moon. and washed the soot from off her face and hands. a golden ring.' And she was sent into the kitchen. and run round and round. and bark. and they thought she could be no less than a king's daughter. she sat herself down in the hollow of a tree and soon fell asleep: and there she slept on till it was midday. 'I am a poor child that has neither father nor mother left.' And the huntsmen went up to the tree. and said. and the stars--up in a nutshell. for nobody knew her. you may go. 'Yes. and said. 'Cat-skin. 'if you can catch it alive. and went into her cabin. Now as the king to whom the wood belonged was hunting in it. so she said to the cook. and held out his hand and danced with her. and began to snuff about. Then they showed her a little corner under the staircase.' Then they said. to rake out the ashes. and brought out of it the dress that shone like the sun.' said the king. and besmeared her face and hands with soot.' 'See. where no light of day ever peeped in. 'Yes. Miss Cat-skin. and so went to the feast. and when they came back again said. and do all the dirty work. have pity on me and take me with you. and we will take it with us.' So they put her into the coach. and took off the fur skin.' And the cook said. so that her beauty shone forth like the sun from behind the clouds. but she got up in the night when all were asleep. you will do for the kitchen.' So the huntsmen took it up. and a golden brooch. his dogs came to the tree. 'and see what sort of game lies there. and wrapped herself up in the mantle made of all sorts of fur. such as we never saw before.his kingdom. But the king came up to her. and packed the three dresses--of the sun. a golden necklace. you can sweep up the ashes. the king sent them to her. and journeyed on the whole night. and took her home to the king's palace. 'what will now become of thee?' But it happened one day that a feast was to be held in the king's castle. you may lie and sleep there. but there it lies fast asleep. 'Ah! pretty princess!' thought she. till at last she came to a large wood. pick the herbs. Then she threw herself upon Heaven for help in her need. sift the ashes. to blow the fire.

' said he. The guards that stood at the castle gate were called in: but they had seen no one. I should like to run up now and give a peep: but take care you don't let a hair fall into it. it was better done than you could do it. looking like a king's daughter. if it be so. and when she went in. But the king said. and made herself into Cat-skin again. so the king sent her away again about her business. she was gone. Whilst the cook was above stairs. that he thought he had never tasted any so good before. 'but come again in half an hour. 'Let that alone till the morning. When the dance was over. the king went up to her. and when it was ready. and put it into the dish in which the soup was.' said she. After the dance was at an end she managed to slip out. no one knew wither. pulled off her dress. that she had run into her little cabin. and began to rake the ashes. and heat the king's soup. as nicely as ever she could. 'To tell the truth I did not cook it. 'I am good for nothing.' When the dance was at an end she curtsied. and toasted a slice of bread first.' said she.' 'How came you in my palace?' asked he. The truth was. and went into the kitchen to cook the soup. 'I did. and when the dance began he danced with her. and put it on. At the bottom he saw a gold ring lying. the king ordered his soup to be brought in.' answered the cook.' 'Then let Cat-skin come up. The cook was frightened when he heard the order. the cook said. and took her dress out which was silvery as the moon. she went and looked in the cabin for her little golden ring. 'Who are you?' 'I am a poor child. he ordered the cook to be sent for. 'That is not true. and Cat-skin asked the cook to let her go up and see it as before. and when the king looked round for her. When she went into the kitchen to her work. After a time there was another feast. 'that has lost both father and mother.' said the king: and when she came he said to her. and said to Cat-skin. and it pleased him so well. blackened her face and hands. you will have a good beating. and rejoiced at seeing her again. she got the golden necklace and . and as he could not make out how it had got there. 'Yes. put on the fur-skin cloak. and cook the king the soup that he likes so much.' Then he answered. 'but to be scullion-girl. and was Cat-skin again.he thought in his heart. 'You must have let a hair fall into the soup.' 'But how did you get the ring that was in the soup?' asked the king.' As soon as the cook went away. or you will run a chance of never eating again.' Then he went before the king. and to have boots and shoes thrown at my head. so slyly that the king did not see where she was gone. but Cat-skin did. washed herself quickly. and he asked him who had cooked the soup. Then she would not own that she knew anything about the ring. 'I never saw any one half so beautiful. but she sprang into her little cabin. Cat-skin heated the king's soup.' Then she ran to her little cabin.

but left one of her fingers white. and ordered that the dance should be kept up a long time. and kept fast hold of it. she put the golden brooch into the dish. and soon saw the white finger. who was again forced to tell him that Cat-skin had cooked it. and it pleased him as well as before. who ate it. and threw her fur mantle over it. Cat-skin. it happened just the same as before. he would have held her fast by the hand.' And the wedding feast was held. SNOW-WHITE AND ROSE-RED There was once a poor widow who lived in a lonely cottage. 'You are my beloved bride. In front of the cottage was a garden wherein stood two rose-trees. and when she wanted to loose herself and spring away. and in her haste did not blacken herself all over with soot. the fur cloak fell off a little on one side. and showed herself to be the most beautiful princess upon the face of the earth. and the starry dress sparkled underneath it. and the ring that he had put on it whilst they were dancing: so he seized her hand. When it was at an end. or indeed in any other. and we will never more be parted from each other. and a merry day it was. he ordered Cat-skin to be called once more. and sprang so quickly through the crowd that he lost sight of her: and she ran as fast as she could into her little cabin under the stairs. and the king danced with her again. Then she put on her dress which sparkled like the stars. Cat-skin was brought again before the king. then it was brought to the king. and as soon as the cook was gone. so she had not time to take off her fine dress. and she could no longer hide herself: so she washed the soot and ashes from her face. and her golden hair and beautiful form were seen. as ever was heard of or seen in that country. but she slipped away. 'for you always put something into your soup. so that it pleases the king better than mine. Then he got hold of the fur and tore it off. 'You must be a witch. and stayed beyond the half-hour. and cooked the king's soup. he put a gold ring on her finger without her seeing it. he let her go up as before.' However. and went into the ball-room in it. and thought she had never looked so beautiful as she did then. Then she ran into the kitchen. So whilst he was dancing with her. But when the king had ordered a feast to be got ready for the third time. one of which bore .dropped it into the soup. but she still told him that she was only fit to have boots and shoes thrown at her head. But the king said. When the king got to the bottom. so he sent for the cook.' said the cook. But this time she kept away too long.

as busy and cheerful as ever two children in the world were. and sang whatever they knew. The little hare would eat a cabbage-leaf out of their hands. Snow-white. the roe grazed by their side. and night came on. She had two children who were like the two rose-trees. but said nothing and went into the forest. In the summer Rose-red took care of the house. but Snow-white sat at home with her mother. and the two girls listened as they sat and spun.white and the other red roses. Rose-red liked better to run about in the meadows and fields seeking flowers and catching butterflies. when the snowflakes fell. Snow-white and Rose-red kept their mother's little cottage so neat that it was a pleasure to look inside it. and the other Rose-red. the stag leapt merrily by them. and one was called Snow-white. in which was a rose from each tree.' They often ran about the forest alone and gathered red berries. and every morning laid a wreath of flowers by her mother's bed before she awoke. and the mother took her spectacles and read aloud out of a large book. In the winter Snow-white lit the fire and hung the kettle on the hob. and behind them upon a perch sat a white dove with its head . Once when they had spent the night in the wood and the dawn had roused them. No mishap overtook them. and when Snow-white said: 'We will not leave each other. They were as good and happy. and would certainly have fallen into it in the darkness if they had gone only a few paces further. And close by them lay a lamb upon the floor. The kettle was of brass and shone like gold.' and then they sat round the hearth. but came close to them trustfully. or read to her when there was nothing to do. and slept until morning came. they laid themselves down near one another upon the moss. And their mother told them that it must have been the angel who watches over good children. and helped her with her housework. and no beasts did them any harm. And when they looked round they found that they had been sleeping quite close to a precipice. and bolt the door.' and their mother would add: 'What one has she must share with the other. He got up and looked quite kindly at them. In the evening. and the birds sat still upon the boughs. the mother said: 'Go. they saw a beautiful child in a shining white dress sitting near their bed. if they had stayed too late in the forest.' Rose-red answered: 'Never so long as we live. only Snow-white was more quiet and gentle than Rose-red. and their mother knew this and did not worry on their account. so brightly was it polished. The two children were so fond of one another that they always held each other by the hand when they went out together.

'Snow-white. only when they were too rough he called out: 'Leave me alive. the bear said one morning to Snow-white: 'Now I must go away. One evening. the lamb bleated. children. someone knocked at the door as if he wished to be let in.' As soon as day dawned the two children let him out. come out. and by-and-by the lamb and dove came nearer. 'lie down by the fire.' 'Where are you going.' said the mother. It was not long before they grew quite at home. 'I must go into the forest and guard my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. But the bear took it all in good part.' Then she cried: 'Snow-white. thinking that it was a poor man. Will you beat your wooer dead?' When it was bed-time. the dove fluttered. it must be a traveller who is seeking shelter. Rose-red. Rose-red screamed and sprang back. and then you will be safe from the cold and the bad weather. dear bear?' asked Snow-white. so they brought the broom and swept the bear's hide clean. they are obliged . but it was not. and he trotted across the snow into the forest. The mother said: 'Quick.' 'Poor bear. the mother said to the bear: 'You can lie there by the hearth. laid himself down by the hearth. or they took a hazel-switch and beat him. open the door. I will do you no harm! I am half-frozen. In the winter. and played tricks with their clumsy guest. and cannot come back for the whole summer. and let the children amuse themselves with him as much as they liked. put their feet upon his back and rolled him about. and they got so used to him that the doors were never fastened until their black friend had arrived. Rose-red. and when he growled they laughed. and were not afraid of him. as they were thus sitting comfortably together. when the earth is frozen hard. knock the snow out of my coat a little'.' Rose-red went and pushed back the bolt. black head within the door. children. and he stretched himself by the fire and growled contentedly and comfortably. then.' So they both came out. They tugged his hair with their hands. the bear will do you no harm. Rose-red. and Snow-white hid herself behind her mother's bed. and the others went to bed. But the bear began to speak and said: 'Do not be afraid. When spring had come and all outside was green. Henceforth the bear came every evening at the same time. only take care that you do not burn your coat. it was a bear that stretched his broad. The bear said: 'Here.hidden beneath its wings. and only want to warm myself a little beside you. he means well.

and the bear was hurrying out. and what once gets into their hands. we do not swallow so much as you coarse. but the cursed wedge was too smooth and suddenly sprang out.to stay below and cannot work their way through. and lifted it up. 'You senseless goose!' snarled the dwarf. can you not think of something better?' 'Don't be impatient. and close by the trunk something was jumping backwards and forwards in the grass. and the silly. He glared at the girls with his fiery red eyes and cried: 'Why do you stand there? Can you not come here and help me?' 'What are you up to. and went off without even once looking at the children. 'I will run and fetch someone. prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking. and it seemed to Snow-white as if she had seen gold shining through it. greedy folk. but they could not pull the beard out. I had just driven the wedge safely in. The bear ran away quickly. so now it is tight and I cannot get away. does not easily see daylight again. milk-faced things laugh! Ugh! how odious you are!' The children tried very hard. When they came nearer they saw a dwarf with an old withered face and a snow-white beard a yard long. There they found a big tree which lay felled on the ground. A short time afterwards the mother sent her children into the forest to get firewood. The little bit of food that we people get is immediately burnt up with heavy logs.' said Snow-white. grumbling to himself: 'Uncouth people. but now. and in their caves. it was caught too fast. Bad luck to you!' and then he swung the bag upon his back. and as she unbolted the door for him. The end of the beard was caught in a crevice of the tree. and everything was going as I wished. to cut off a piece of my fine beard. and cut off the end of the beard. and the tree closed so quickly that I could not pull out my beautiful white beard. they break through it. he caught against the bolt and a piece of his hairy coat was torn off. little man?' asked Rose-red.' Snow-white was quite sorry at his departure. 'why should you fetch someone? You are already two too many for me. sleek. but she was not sure about it. and was soon out of sight behind the trees. and come out to pry and steal. and did not know what to do.' said Rose-red. 'You stupid. 'I will help you. and which was full of gold. and the little fellow was jumping about like a dog tied to a rope.' and she pulled her scissors out of her pocket. but they could not make out what it was. when the sun has thawed and warmed the earth. . As soon as the dwarf felt himself free he laid hold of a bag which lay amongst the roots of the tree.

As they crossed the heath again on their way home they surprised the dwarf. as if it were going to leap in. They ran up and saw with horror that the eagle had seized their old acquaintance the dwarf. it sank lower and lower. who by this time were used to his ingratitude. the fish kept the upper hand and pulled the dwarf towards him. full of pity. The girls. you toadstool. piteous cry. beard and line were entangled fast together. The girls came just in time. and laces and ribbons. It happened that soon afterwards the mother sent the two children to the town to buy needles and thread. Immediately they heard a loud. The road led them across a heath upon which huge pieces of rock lay strewn about. for he was forced to follow the movements of the fish. who had emptied out his bag of precious stones in a clean spot. and was in urgent danger of being dragged into the water. and without another word he dragged it away and disappeared behind a stone. As they came near the brook they saw something like a large grasshopper jumping towards the water. to disfigure a man's face? Was it not enough to clip off the end of my beard? Now you have cut off the best part of it. and unluckily the wind had tangled up his beard with the fishing-line. 'don't you see that the accursed fish wants to pull me in?' The little man had been sitting there fishing. 'Where are you going?' said Rose-red. . and slipped away again under the rock into his hole. He held on to all the reeds and rushes. and at last settled near a rock not far away. When the dwarf saw that he screamed out: 'Is that civil. and was going to carry him off.Some time afterwards Snow-white and Rose-red went to catch a dish of fish. I wish you had been made to run the soles off your shoes!' Then he took out a sack of pearls which lay in the rushes. 'you surely don't want to go into the water?' 'I am not such a fool!' cried the dwarf. went on their way and did their business in town. They ran to it and found it was the dwarf. The children. whereby a small part of it was lost. There was nothing to do but to bring out the scissors and cut the beard. I cannot let myself be seen by my people. flying slowly round and round above them. at once took tight hold of the little man. they held him fast and tried to free his beard from the line. but all in vain. you clumsy creatures!' Then he took up a sack full of precious stones. but it was of little good. There they noticed a large bird hovering in the air. a moment later a big fish made a bite and the feeble creature had not strength to pull it out. and pulled against the eagle so long that at last he let his booty go. As soon as the dwarf had recovered from his first fright he cried with his shrill voice: 'Could you not have done it more carefully! You dragged at my brown coat so that it is all torn and full of holes.

' he said.and had not thought that anyone would come there so late. The evening sun shone upon the brilliant stones. spare me. She took the two rose-trees with her. fat as young quails. Now he has got his well-deserved punishment. and he did not move again. and although Wilhelm's work was hampered by poor health the brothers collaborated in the creation of a German dictionary. who had stolen my treasures. Throughout their lives they remained close friends. and he stood there a handsome man. the tales soon . Although their intention was to preserve such material as part of German cultural and literary history. they are tender morsels for you. and a black bear came trotting towards them out of the forest. look. and they stood before her window. and their collection was first published with scholarly notes and no illustration. The old mother lived peacefully and happily with her children for many years. I will give you all my treasures. not completed until a century after their deaths. wait. 'Why do you stand gaping there?' cried the dwarf. Then in the dread of his heart he cried: 'Dear Mr Bear. The dwarf sprang up in a fright. Snow-white was married to him. for mercy's sake eat them!' The bear took no heed of his words. near Frankfurt. clothed all in gold. He was still cursing when a loud growling was heard. white and red. I have had to run about the forest as a savage bear until I was freed by his death. and they divided between them the great treasure which the dwarf had gathered together in his cave. Jacob was a pioneer in the study of German philology. were born in Hanau. take these two wicked girls. Jacob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859). what do you want with such a slender little fellow as I? you would not feel me between your teeth. but he could not reach his cave. and both studied law at Marburg University. and every year bore the most beautiful roses. the beautiful jewels lying there! Grant me my life. and Rose-red to his brother. ***** The Brothers Grimm. and his ashen-grey face became copper-red with rage. but the bear called to them: 'Snow-white and Rose-red. 'I am a king's son. in the German state of Hesse. and when he came up to them suddenly his bearskin fell off. I will come with you. Come. do not be afraid. for the bear was already close. The girls had run away.' Then they recognized his voice and waited. But they were best (and universally) known for the collection of over two hundred folk tales they made from oral sources and published in two volumes of 'Nursery and Household Tales' in 1812 and 1814. they glittered and sparkled with all colours so beautifully that the children stood still and stared at them. 'and I was bewitched by that wicked dwarf. but gave the wicked creature a single blow with his paw.

This was in part due to Edgar Taylor. selecting about fifty stories 'with the amusement of some young friends principally in view.. . The End.' They have been an essential ingredient of children's reading ever since.came into the possession of young readers. who made the first English translation in 1823..

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